South Korea 2015 Part 2 – Nanta, Insadong & Ssamszegil

This is part of an ongoing travelogue, to start at the beginning click here.

After lunch at Myeongdong Gyoja, we had some time before the Nanta show at 2pm (box office only opens an hour before). Since we were almost to the end of Myeongdong walking street, we decided to walk to the end to see Myeongdong Cathedral to enjoy the beautiful day.

It was a Sunday, so there were ongoing services and the whole cathedral complex was alive with a fair of some sort. there were street performances and booths promoting various charities and upcoming events.

The cathedral itself looks somewhat unconventional, with the its brick façade, instead of stone. But the grounds is expansive and beautiful, consisting of many buildings and monuments. There is a ascending garden terrace, and a small park behind the main building.



(YWCA across the road)

After making one too many inappropriate Catholic jokes (apologies to my Marian friends), it was time to leave for Nanta.

I decided to go for Nanta as this being my first day here, I wanted to take it easy and not do / see too much. Sunday was the only day they had the afternoon matinee, prices were at a discounted KRW 26,000 per pax. There are a few long running performance show in Korea, like Miso, Ballerina Who Loved a B-Boy and Jump. They are all non-verbal (or should I say very minimal dialogue). I chose Nanta as it was recommended by my friend.

(waiting for the show to start)

The show lasted for about 90 minutes, and we enjoyed it from start to end especially Hannah. It’s amazing how much they can do with just 5 (extremely talented) cast members. The last blowout drum performance drew the biggest cheer from the crowd.

After the show we took a short bus trip to Insadong. This is a long street (with side streets) with art galleries and shops selling souvenirs and crafts. At the top of the street there was a street performance when we first arrived.



Towards the end of the street there is a little mall called Ssamszegil, described as ‘little Insadong within Insadong’. Stuff is pretty expensive here, they mainly sell souvenirs and women’s clothes. You can also rent hanboks for photos here. but the main attraction here is the architecture of the mall itself. It spirals up about four floors without any stairs.



(get your caricature done by artists)

We saw a cat café here, so we decided to go up for a visit. I’m not a cat person, but wanted to experience this strange concept after seeing some vloggers posting on this. Basically the concept is to pay a cover drink price and you can play with the young cats with fluffy toys on a string. But cats being cats, most of the time they’re sleeping or disinterested in you. Except if you pay extra for the cat food and they’ll come rushing for your attention.

After Ssamszegil and Insadong, we took the same bus back to Myeongdong, for the street food. From evening onwards, Myeongdong street is transformed with street food carts on both sides. We tried some of the stalls for a simple dinner.




After that, it was a short walk back to our hotel for an early night.

Next – Noryangjin Fish Market


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