Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up by the swarm of people flooding the street of Insadong – Seoul, South Korea. After-all, it’s the distinct faces along Insadong that make it the most lively pedestrian area in all Seoul; however, it’s the artisans, street vendors, performers, crafts, antiques and details that given this ‘famous strip’ its cultural appeal. It’s a fascinating experience to encounter modern city slickers decked out in the latest trendy fashions competing for the same space as those adorned in traditional attire plying ancient methods of artistry.
A close-up shot a Korean man’s hand drawing designs on a paper fan.
An elderly Korean man sits against a pole on the street of Insadong with a fan in his hand.
Numerous cute Korean figurines are on display at various shops along Insadong – Seoul, South Korea.
Korean key-chains are on display for tourists looking for a cheap souvenir.
A Korean vendor skilfully prepares a delicious Korean pancake (Hotteok) filled with various sweet ingredients.
An overhead perspective of a Korean artisan perfecting his craft on a fan.
A number of Buddhist sculptures on display in Insadong – Seoul, Korea.
These Korean totem poles have enormous happy faces. One can’t help but feel ‘happy’ just looking at them 🙂
This is a close-up shot of a drawing being sold on the streets of Insadong. As a travel photography tip, it’s good to use a prime lens with a wide aperture to achieve a shallow depth of field for a select focus and blurred background.
A red lantern with Chinese characters lit up at night – Insadong, Seoul, Korea.
These cute Panda socks are on sale for those wandering down Insadong – Seoul, South Korea.
A caricature of a Korean couple drawn in a mall area of Insadong – Seoul, Korea.
This is a Korean traditional mask with what appears to be a smiling face carved out of wood.
A number of Buddha statues are on display at shops in a back alley of Insadong.
A group of intricately designed Korean fans are spread out along a table on display for sale.
A close up shot of a traditional Korean scholar.
This is a traditional Korean fan with flower and fish arrangements skilfully painted on it.
A hungry individual reaches with chopsticks to eat tteokbokki 떡볶이 (spicy Korean rice cakes)
This is a close up shot of a Buddhist statue on sale.