Jongno Tours

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Jongno
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.
Address: Seoul, South Korea
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Small-Group Korean Night Food Tour

Learn about Korea’s culinary culture on this 4-hour night tour of Seoul. Stroll through the streets with an expert in local cuisine, stopping at three food stalls and eateries plus a food market. You’ll sample a variety of foods including Korean barbecue, tofu, savory pancakes and spicy braised chicken. Wash it all down with alcoholic beverages such as Korean rice wine and soju (distilled liquor). Your guided small-group walking tour covers plenty of ground in the bustling district of Jongno-gu, with numbers limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

Explore the highlights of Seoul on a full-day tour with an informative guide. Highlights include Jogyesa Temple, the Blue House, the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate, and tours of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in traditional culture at the National Folk Museum, Insadong Antique Street, and at Namdaemun Gate and Namdaemun Market. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Korean Food Walking Tour with BBQ Lunch

Discover Seoul's vibrant culinary scene on a guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour around South Korea’s capital city streets. Stop by seven local shops, restaurants, and street-food stalls for food tastings, including fried pork dumplings and fried fish cakes. Learn about the history and food culture of Korea and enjoy a traditional Korean barbecue lunch.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Tour of Seoul

Seoul is a city of soaring skyscrapers and modern shopping malls, but away from the bright lights there’s a hidden history that many visitors miss. On this walking tour, follow your guide through the streets and back alleys, learn the role rice cakes play in traditional Korean culture, and gain insight into the Seoul of centuries passed. Discover ancient Buddhist temples and historic markets, and admire traditional Korean houses hidden among the high-rises.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress Wearing

Discover top Seoul attractions with ease, and bring Korea’s ancient culture and heritage to life on this full-day combo tour of Seoul. Enjoy a sightseeing coach trip through Seoul’s city streets and admire famous sites such as Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum. After lunch, put on your traditional clothing and learn formal greeting etiquette Korean-style. Play traditional board games enjoyed during centuries past and learn how to make traditional Korean kimchi. Then, visit a local amethyst factory and ginseng center on route back to Seoul.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Markets of Seoul: Korean Markets and City Sightseeing Tour

Take an insider’s look at the South Korean capital on this 8-hour Korean markets and city sightseeing tour in Seoul. Travel through Seoul by coach as your guide sheds light on the city’s culture and history. Take in panoramic views over the urban landscape and surrounding mountains, and enjoy a traditional lunch in Itaewon. Stroll along the banks of the Han River, and explore bustling Noryangjin Fish Market and Gwangjang Market. During your tour, gain insight into South Korea’s traditional medicines during visits to a ginseng and amethyst center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Soul of Seoul Small-Group Walking Tour

Experience Seoul’s fusion of ancient traditions and rapid modernization as you amble down city streets on this 3-hour walking tour of the bustling metropolis. A local guide reveals hidden treasures and favorite local hangouts, from temples to teashops. Visit historical landmarks including Gyeonghuigung Palace and the Bosingak Bell Pavilion. Numbers are limited to 12 participants for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Tour of Bukchon Hanok Village

Seoul is a fast-paced city of neon lights and soaring skyscrapers, but behind the scenes there lies a history dating back to the 14th-century Joseon era. On this morning or afternoon tour, visit the Bukchon Hanok Village with your guide, and experience an immersion in traditional Korean culture and history. With entry fees plus pickup and drop-off at your central Seoul hotel included, see how Seoulites lived in the days before the high-rises arrived.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Historical Seoul Tour: Cheongwadae Sarangchae and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gain insight into Korea’s royal and political history on a 3-hour morning tour of Seoul. Travel by coach with an informative guide to Cheongwadae Sarangchae, where you’ll tour the Korea Exhibition Center and Presidential Center. Explore the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace — of the Five Grand Palaces — and its National Folk Museum, then visit Jogyesa Temple and the National Ginseng Outlet.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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