Jongno-gu is Seoul’s main cultural district. The place is filled with different Korean customs to view.[adinserter name=”Block 2″]
Jongno-gu is Seoul’s city center. It has been the city center for more than 600 years. It has all Seoul’s five palaces, temples, shrines, national museums and the famous Insa-dong. It’s definitely worth the visit as the majority of Seoul’s soul is in the area. See what I did there? Seoul’s soul?
Jongno-gu is the epicenter of Korean history and culture. It’ll probably take at least two days to get through, but ain’t nobody got time for that. I would prefer a simple drive-by, so I can get into more important things like Itaewon. Itaewon is Seoul’s epicenter for drinking and being a total degenerate. It’s my type of scene.
However, a cultural experience is a necessary evil when appreciating a country. Here’s a quick run-down of the things to see in Jongno-gu:
- Gyeongbokgung Palace – The main palace.
- Changgyeonggung Palace – It’s one of the two considered the East palace.
- Changdeokgung Palace – It’s one of the two considered the East palace.
- Gyeonghuigung Palace – This is the West palace.
- Bosingak – It’s a large bell, which Jongno-gu derives its name.
- Jongmyo Shrine – The oldest shrine in the world that still exists today.
- Gwanghwamun Plaza – The main plaza with King Sejong statue.
- Jogyesa – The main temple of Korean Buddhism.
- Insadong – Seoul’s cultural neighborhood with an abundant of shops, galleries, and tea shops.
- National Folk Museum of Korea – South Korea’s national museum with close to 100,000 artifacts on display.
That’s a short list of the thousands upon thousands of things that could be done in Jongno-gu. Well, it’s not thousands but more of 30 things. We just hit on the most important landmarks. The others aren’t interesting at all. They’re buildings with a bunch of paintings and stuff like that. I think people call them “museums” or something like that.[adinserter name=”Block 1″]