Seoul/Jongno

Inside Gyeongbokgung

Jongno (종로) is in Seoul, and constitutes the northern half of the historic core of Seoul, along with Jung, the southern half. As the soul of Seoul (to coin a phrase), Jongno is home to a plethora of beautiful Joseon Dynasty palaces, shrines, temples, parks, historic neighborhoods, and other traditional sights. Jongno holds four out of the five Grand Palaces of Seoul: Gyeongbok-gung, Changdeok-gung,Changgyeong-gung, and Gyeonghui-gung. It also has Jongmyo Shrine, the headquarters of the Korean 'Seon' Buddhist Order Jogyesa Temple, the Bukchon Hanok village, Insadong antiques through-way, the Presidential Palace Cheongwadae, the National Folk Museum of Korea (formerly the National Museum of Korea), and Hyehwa, a district filled with small, independent theaters.

Get in

The main metro stations serving Jongno are Gyeongbukgong (line 3), Anguk (line 3), Jongno-3ga (line 1, 3, 5) and Gwanghwamun (line 5). From Jung, walk along Sejong-daero, a busy road that passes Gwanghwamun Plaza. The plaza itself has statues and monuments honoring Sejong the Great and Admiral Yi Sun-sin of the Joseon dynasty.

See

Detail of the king's bedchamber, Changdeokgung
Roof with protective figurines, Changdeokgung

Palaces

An Integrated Ticket of Palaces that covers the five Great Palaces of Seoul and Jongmyo Shrine costs ₩10,000 and lasts for a month from the time of first entry.

Unhyeongung

Shrines and Temples

Jongmyo Shrine

City Gates

Seoul has four historic city gates, three of which can be found in Jongno and the other, Namdaemun, can be found in neighboring Jung.

Museums

Do

Buy

Street of Insadong

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Bukchon Hanok Village

Budget

Jongo

Hyehwa-dong

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

As with anywhere else in Seoul, there are plenty of PC Rooms ('PC Bang') available to go online for a few hour on a good machine for only a few thousand won.

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