Jongno-gu & Seoul’s Cultural District

Jongno-gu is Seoul’s main cultural district.  The place is filled with different Korean customs to view.

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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.
    Gyeongbokgung Palace Changing of guards
    Gyeongbokgung Palace
  • Changgyeonggung Palace – It’s one of the two considered the East palace.
    The entrance of Changgyeonggung
  • Changdeokgung Palace – It’s one of the two considered the East palace.
    The main pavillion
  • Gyeonghuigung Palace – This is the West palace.
    One of the quarters
  • Bosingak – It’s a large bell, which Jongno-gu derives its name.
  • Jongmyo Shrine – The oldest shrine in the world that still exists today.
    The Jongmyo grounds
  • Gwanghwamun Plaza – The main plaza with King Sejong statue.
    The Jongmyo grounds
    The Jongmyo grounds
  • Jogyesa – The main temple of Korean Buddhism.
    The Jongmyo grounds in seoul
    The Jongmyo grounds
  • Insadong – Seoul’s cultural neighborhood with an abundant of shops, galleries, and tea shops.
    Insadong in Seoul
  • National Folk Museum of Korea – South Korea’s national museum with close to 100,000 artifacts on display.
    National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea
    National Folk Museum of Korea

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.

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