Insadong – the district in which we stayed turned out to be a real gem. Not least because it is the artisan district and is absolutely packed with small traditional shops with amazing hand-made art supplies.
The calligraphy brush shops catered for every size brush up to ones the size of broomsticks! All beautifully crafted and using fine hair for the brush. Needless to say Sharon was over the moon.
Then we found the paper shop – not newspapers and magazines, but paper – nothing but paper… All of it hand made and with flowers and leaves pressed in, and every shade and thickness you could want, from the lightest rice paper to the heaviest card and with the whole range of the colour wheel.
There were also paper-crafted objects, like fans and bookmarks and cards, but for us the fascination was with the textures and colours and varieties of the paper itself.
Finding gems like this is what makes travel worthwhile 🙂