On this trip into Seoul, we visited the Rice Cake Museum (떡박물관) and Insadong (인사동). If you’re joining us now, you’ll see that Bunny and Kitty have been all over Seoul and the outer metropolitan areas. You’re welcome to come up to speed by checking out our previous posts on our food adventures in Korea!
After arriving back at our aunt’s place, exhausted from Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) and Tongin Shijang (통인시장 – Tongin Market), we all turned in early. I was really looking forward to visiting the Rice Cake Museum! I had researched the location before going on our Korea trip, hoping the location would be close to a neighborhood we were planning on visiting. Sure enough, we discovered that it was close by to a few of the places on our itinerary, ideal for us to go to the museum in the morning, and spend the rest of the day in Insadong.
**Again, I want to share that I didn’t take my DSLR along, thinking that I would be okay with taking photos with my smart phone. The photos turned out alright, for the most part; however, they’re not of the best quality, so I apologize if they’re out of focus or blurry. And major credit to my sister, for taking a bunch of these photos! Plus, I’ve intentionally blurred people’s faces.**
We bought a few items in the shop to bring back to the house. Overall, it was a really nicely curated museum, with plenty to learn in the art of making rice cakes.
Our next stop was the neighborhood of Insadong. The last time we were here, my dad was awfully hungry. We didn’t have much time wandering this area because hungry equated to *hangry*. We walked up and down the main street and then went on our way to find dinner. This time around, we were able to visit the stores we wanted to see, enjoy the shopping, and check out the food. We definitely had Dad’s voice chiming in our heads (*Why is it taking so long? Don’t you want to see other stuff?*), especially when we were shopping inside one store for too long!
I think this was one of my favorite days on our trip. I’ve always had an interest in making rice cakes, but didn’t know where to start. I had a general grasp of how to make rice cakes, remembering my grandmothers talking about making them; however, it took a trip to the Rice Cake Museum to give me that nudge to pursue making these traditional sweets. I hope to share some more rice cake recipes with you!
Next time, check us out as we visit the neighborhood of Hongdae, the city of Paju, the Chinatown in Incheon, and a quick bakery stop in Gangnam.
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