*01 Gwanghwamun

Most Interesting Districts
Sixteen of Seoul's Most Interesting Districts

*To experience the city's ancient history, traditions, cuisine and trendy culture, a visit to these 16 areas is a good place to start.



[ Authorship-Korea Tourism Organization ]

1 Gyeongbokgung(Palace)

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung was the main royal palace and heart of the Joseon Dynasty for 500 years. The remaining halls include Geunjeongjeon, where official ceremonies were held, and the private quarters of the king and queen. The National Palace Museum of Korea - which showcases royal culture - and the National Folk Museum of Korea - where the life cycles of Koreans in the olden days can be observed - are within its precincts.
Mar-May. 09:00-18:00, Jun-Aug. 09:00-18:30, Nov-Feb. 09:00-17:00(Closed on Tuesdays)

1-1 National Palace Museum of Korea

Weekdays 09:00-18:00, Weekends/holidays 09:00-19:00 (Closed on Mondays)

1-2 The National Folk Museum of Korea

Mar.-Oct.09:00-18:00(May-Aug, Weekends 09:00~19:00), Nov-Feb. 09:00-17:00(Closed on Tuesdays)

2 Gwanghwamun Square

This is a 550m-long, 34m-wide square constructed at Sejong-ro in 2009. Statues of the two most respected historical figurea in Korea - King Sejong the Great and Admiral Yi Sun-Shin - stand in the square.

2-1 Haechi Madang

A resting space at Gwanghwamun Station that was designed for tourists
05:00-01:00 rhe following day

3 Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

This is a performance theater representing Korea and also a cultural complex for exhibitions and cultural experiences.

3-1 The Story of King Sejong / The Story of Admiral Yi Sun-shin

Exhibitions on the lives and achievements of King Sejong the Great and Admiral Yi Sun-sin.
10:30-22:00(Closed on Mondays)

4 Cheonggye Plaza

This is a plaza built where the Cheonggyecheon(Stream) starts. The plaza is widely known as the site where large groups of people gather to cheer for the Korean teams during major international sporting events such as the World Cup.


< Recommendation of Accommodations nearby >

*Hotel
@. Somerset Palace Hotel - www.somersetpalace.co.kr
@. Koreana Hotel - www.koreanahotel.com
@. Plaza Hotel - www.bestwesternnewseoul.co.kr
@. New Kukje Hotel - www.newkukjehotel.com
@. Irene Hotel / Irene City Hotel- www.hotelirene.co.kr

*Guesthouse
Seoul Hostel Center - www.seoulhostel.net
Hangul Guesthouse - www.hangulhouse.com
Duri House - www.durihouse.kr

*Korean Traditional House
Raon Hanok Guesthouse - www.raonhouse34.com
Ran`s Home - www.ranshome.com
Kimchi Guesthouse - www.kimchiguesthouse.co.kr
Han Guesthouse - www.한게스트하우스.kr
Ohbok Guesthouse - Ohbok Guesthouse -
Go Woon Dang Guesthouse - www.gowoondang.com