Seoul, South Korea
Hanok Island: Ikseon dongThe gorgeous island of city-style hanoks (traditional Korean homes) is just a hop, skip and jump from Insadong, but is relatively quiet and ultimately charming. A walk through the neighborhood will bring you into contact with the atmosphere of the past and present. It is a wonderful spot.
Ikseon-dong has new construction in every lane but seems to be keeping the city hanok style. There are shops, bars and restaurants that are completed and thriving as well as homes in progress. Walking along the quiet streets around the Lunar New Year’s Holiday, I was charmed by the area. Hanoks are lovely and make wonderful modern live and work spaces.
When you visit, and you should visit, respect the area and the fact that families call Ikseon home. Marvel in the traditional and modern commingled and throw a little money at the new and old shops and eateries so they can continue to breathe new life into this very Korean neighborhood.