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  • Address: Seoul, South Korea
The district of Jongno constitutes the northern half of Seoul’s main historic area. As the cultural and financial heart of the city, the area is home to a wealth of shrines, temples, parks and historic sites, including four of the five Grand Palaces of Seoul, including Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung.

Travelers shouldn't miss the Jongmyo Shrine, the Jogyesa Temple, the Presidential Palace of Cheongwadae or Hyehwa—a neighborhood filled with small, independent theaters. Also worth a visit is the historic Bukchon Hanok Village, where many of Seoul’s socialites and politically important families live among 900 traditional Korean hanok houses. Meanwhile, the Samcheongdong neighborhood is comparable to New York City's Soho with its cafes, boutique shops and numerous art galleries.

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. Foodies can indulge while also seeing the district on a dedicated food tour, available by day or night. 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.

Insider's Tip: The district's 33-story Jongno Tower features a top-floor bar and restaurant, from where travelers can take in sweeping views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. The tower is located near Jonggak Station on Line 1 of the subway.

Practical Info

Jongno is a large area served by several subway stations—Jongno 3-ga Station is serviced by lines 1, 3 and 5, while the western end of the district can be reached via Gwanghwamun Station on Line 5.

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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour, Seoul, null
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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

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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
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour, Seoul, Food Tours
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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

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This small group journey will start with Jogyesa, the center of Buddhism in Seoul where you can see locust trees and baeksong trees in front of Jogyesa ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.00
Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress Wearing, Seoul, ... 
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Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress Wearing

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Explore Korea’s cultural heritage on this full-day combo tour of Seoul. In the morning, your sightseeing coach takes you and a knowledgeable guide to notable ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $123.00
Korean Food Walking Tour with BBQ Lunch, Seoul, Full-day Tours
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Korean Food Walking Tour with BBQ Lunch

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Discover Seoul's culinary scene on an afternoon walking tour followed by lunch. Stop at seven venues for food tastings before sitting down for a typical Korean ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour, Seoul, Food Tours
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Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

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

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

From USD $32.90
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Historic Walking Tour of Seoul, Seoul, Walking Tours
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Historic Walking Tour of Seoul

On this 3 hour tour, walking through several historic hidden alleys and learn about Korean history in the heart of central Seoul. You will visit traditional ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.00
Small-Group Tour of Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Tour of Bukchon Hanok Village

If you experience to see traditional residence in downtown, we recomend you to choose this tour. Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.00
Markets of Seoul: Korean Markets and City Sightseeing Tour, Seoul, Half-day Tours
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Markets of Seoul: Korean Markets and City Sightseeing Tour

Get to know Korea’s culture and history, the old and the new, through Seoul’s food and artisan markets. Start off at 63 Square, Korea’s tallest building that ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Historical Seoul Tour: Cheongwadae Sarangchae and Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, Full-day Tours
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Historical Seoul Tour: Cheongwadae Sarangchae and Gyeongbokgung Palace

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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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