The Jongno district of central Seoul constitutes one half of the city’s main historic area. It is here you’ll find a majority of the royal palaces, temples, parks and shrines, many dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. Four of the five Grand Palaces -- Changdeokgung, Gyeongbokgung, Changgyeonggung and Gyonghuigung -- can be found in Jongno, as well as Jogyesa Temple, the National Folk Museum of Korea and the Insadong antiques market.

Also worth a visit in Jongno is the Bukchon Hanok Village, a historic neighborhood where Seoul’s wealthy and politically important families lived. About 900 traditional hanok houses still exist in what is now one of the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods. Korea’s current president lives in the Blue House, also found in Jongno. When the weather is nice, take a stroll along the recently renovated Cheonggyecheon river walk for some fresh air and people watching.

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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Experience the fascinating culture of South Korea in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! On this 4-hour food tour, learn all ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.99

Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Discover the history, culture and food of Seoul on a walking tour of this bustling metropolis. Journey back to the past and visit Buddhist temples, historic ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00

Historical Seoul Tour: Cheongwadae Sarangchae and Gyeongbokgung Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Gain a deeper insight into Korean history and culture on this tour in Seoul with a friendly, knowledgeable local guide. Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit a ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.00

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