Having a rich historical background, Jongno remains the epicenter of Seoul. Many of Seoul's government offices, cultural ... More
Having a rich historical background, Jongno remains the epicenter of Seoul. Many of Seoul's government offices, cultural establishments and businesses can be found here. Most of Seoul's ancient royal palaces are conveniently located within walking distance. From Jongno, roads lead to other famous attractions, such as Insadongfamous for traditional teahouses, Korean ceramics, and antiques and the Chongmyo Royal Shrineartifacts and antiques of the Chosun Dynasty. Every New Year, people gather in Chonggak where there is a pavilion which houses a giant bell. Following the Buddhist tradition, the bell is struck to ring out the old year and bring in the new.
this is probably my very favourite place in seoul! and endless maze of bars (particularly of the traditional sort) and restaurants (excellent sashimi place by outback and the movie theatre). in the time i lived in seoul, this was my absolute favourite place to hang out. pop by a local bar for some dried cuttlefish and makkali (or soju).
What's NOT to like about this area?!
Personal favorites: 1) Walking around the Cheongecheon (literally an underground stream) at night, particularly when it's lit up by underwater lighting. Take the Gwanghamun, line 5, or City Hall, line 2, subway stations, and there are signs literally guiding you to it.
2) Kyobo Book Store (Gwanghamun station) is a MUST SEE - the best foreigner section (a.k.a. it's all in English) out of all the major bookstore chains. You might consider it pricy at first, but it's actually a lot less expensive than the others.
3) Go walk on the big piano near the Cheongecheon and you'll find Western restaurants like Bennigans and...Cold Stone Ice Cream (just opened last year)! They'll sing their songs in Korean or English, depending on what you prefer.
Located in downtown Seoul, across from City Hall, this palace was built as the main residence for the kings of
the early Chosun Dynasty. Among all the palaces in Seoul, this palace exhibits the first Western style building, Sokjojon, ...
The War Memorial of Korea is one of the biggest war museums in the world. Visitors can enjoy two exhibition
areas: one indoors and the other outdoors. With all the different displays, visitors will almost feel like they had ...
Located at the southeast edge of Kyongbuk Palace, this tower was originally one of the two guard posts along the
palace wall. Presently it stands on the street, as the palace wall was relocated and the other watchtower was ...