The district of Jongno constitutes the northern half of Seoul’s main historic area. As the cultural and financial heart of the city, Jongno is home to a wealth of shrines, temples, parks, and other important sights, including four of the five Grand Palaces of Seoul.
With so much to see, the best way to experience Jongno is by taking an organized walking tour, which may include visiting Gyeonghuigung Palace, witnessing the changing of the guard at Daehamun, or strolling along the Cheonggyecheon stream. Dedicated food tours, available by day or night are also popular. Those more interested in Seoul’s royal and political history can learn about the area as part of a historical city tour, taking in the sights with an informative guide.
Things to Know Before You Go
A visit to Jongno is a must on any Seoul itinerary.
Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces; this neighborhood is large.
Book a guided tour to make the most of your time in this attraction-filled district.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Jongno is to take the Seoul Metro to Jongno 3-ga Station. Lines 1, 3, and 5 all stop here. It’s also a short walk from Gwanghwamun Station on Line 5.
When to Get There
With so many attractions, bars, restaurants, and landmarks packed in, there isn’t really a bad time to visit this bustling downtown district. Explore the neighborhood by day to do some shopping and visit the cultural attractions, and at night to savor the dining scene and lively atmosphere.
If you’re in Jongno looking for one of the best views of Seoul, head to the Jongno Tower. This 33-story building features a top-floor bar and restaurant with sweeping views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows.
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