Annyeong Insadong Mall in Seoul
Address: 49 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
The Insadong Shopping Street is one of the most popular places to visit in Seoul. And inside the shopping street is Annyeong Insadong, a 6-story shopping mall.
I went to Annyeong Insadong every time I ate at my favorite vegan restaurant in Seoul, Osegye Hyang, mostly to sit at one of their indoor or outdoor seatings, and for a quick bathroom break (they have really nice restrooms).
Here’s everything you need to know about Annyeong Insadong Mall, how to get there, and what makes it worth visiting.
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What is Annyeong Insadong and Why Visit?
Annyeong Insadong is a modern cultural shopping and entertainment complex in Insadong Shopping Street. It was recently built in 2019.
There’s lots of cafes, restaurants, shops, and exhibitions that showcase South Korea’s traditional and modern culture.
There’s lots of unique experiences like a LP records cafe, traditional and pop-culture museums, and even a hotel on the fifth floor.
If it’s not raining, there’s usually outdoor markets with small businesses selling crafts, jewelry, and clothing.
Annyeong Insadong vs Ssamzigil Mall?
Annyeong Insadong is on the same street as Ssamzigil Mall, a 4-story mall that also sells traditional Korean crafts and souvenirs, as well as outdoor markets.
Both look very similar in structure. When I visited Seoul again in 2023, I thought Ssamzigil Mall was renovated into Annyeong Insadong Mall!
Annyeong Insadong Mall is more modern and has more restaurants, entertainment, and sitting areas. Both are still must-visits though!
What to Do at Annyeong Insadong?
Annyeong Insadong has six floors, along with a basement where the Insa Central Museum is located.
First floor: Outdoor market, LINE Friends, Fortune Teller dispenser, Tax Refund Kiosk, traditional Korean dessert cafes, sitting areas.
Second floor: Korean restaurants, convenience store, shops, sitting areas.
Third floor: Shops, sitting areas, nursing room.
Fourth floor: More Korean restaurants, shops, and sitting areas.
Fifth floor: Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong, rooftop cafe, Music Complex records cafe.
Sixth floor: Color Pool Museum for photo ops. Prebook your Color Pool Museum tickets here.
Basements: Insa Central Museum and parking
Nearby Attractions to Annyeong Insadong
Besides Insadong Shopping Street, here are a few sites that are walkable (or a short train ride away if preferred) to Annyeong Insadong Mall:
- Changgyeonggung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace are both a 20-minute walk away.
- Ikseondong Hanok Village is a 10-15 minute walk away.
- Cheonggyecheon Stream is a 20-minute walk away.
- Bukchon Hanok Village is a 15-20 minute walk away.
How to Get to Annyeong Insadong
The closest train station to Annyeong Insadong is the Anguk Station.
Take exit 6. The entrance to the mall will be on the main Insadong walking street, which is around a 5-minute walk away from the subway station.
Depending on where you’re coming from, there are many buses that go to Insadong, like bus #3, #273, and #172.
I recommend downloading the CityMapper app for your trip to Seoul. It’s in English and more user-friendly than Kakao or Naver Maps.
You can also hail a taxi to Insadong, use the Uber app (which works in Seoul), or book a taxi on the local Kakao Taxi app if you’re using a local sim.
You want to get dropped off right outside the Insadong walking street since the main Insadong Shopping Street are packed with people walking.
Is it Worth Visiting Annyeong Insadong?
Yes! Whether it’s to eat, shop, take photos with the giant green frog, a bathroom break, or just to sit and chill, Annyeong Insadong is worth visiting, especially if you’re already at Insadong Shopping Street.