Main sights: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Gwanghwamun Square. Cheonggyecheon Stream, Insadong Street, Bukchon Traditional Village
Jongno is the central district of Seoul, connecting monumental Gwanghwamun Square with bustling Dongdaemun shopping area. Jongno is one of the oldest city routes, strung with historical and cultural landmarks and towering business high-rises. Literally meaning “The Bell Road”, it is home to the Bosingak belfry – the main bell of the old Seoul, announcing alarms and regulating the opening/closing of the city gates. Nowadays Bosingak Bell rings only once per year – to announce the coming of the New Year.
Many national treasures are scattered around the district, creating one of the most unique cyberpunk landscapes of Korea: royal shrines, temples, palaces, and gates are intertwined with the 70s-80s style industrial zones, neon-lit narrow alleys, shady establishments and glassy skyscrapers.
Constructed in 2005 as part of Seoul’s urban redevelopment plan, Cheonggyecheon Stream runs through the whole Jongno district and further beyond, towards the Han River. It is a chill and relaxing walk, with modern art and notes of city’s history decorating the walls. Koreans love to spend lazy summer afternoons and warm romantic evenings eating, chatting and drinking coffee from the nearby cafes while sitting on many of the stream’s stairs. At its beginning at Cheonggye Plaza, the stream hosts major annual festivals and art installations, including the spring Lotus Lantern Festival and autumn Lights Festival.
News & Events
Light Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm
Garden of Morning Calm
Light Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm Date: Annually Dec-March Lightning Time: Sunset~9 pm During the light festival, "the Garden of Morning Calm" one of Korea's biggest botanical garden is illuminated by about 30,000 lights. The illumination evokes the sense of being transported into a fantasyland filled with nostalgic thematic installments such as gingerbread houses, pumpkin carriages, dancing dolphins, and more.
Eat the Seoul + COEX - Food Festival
Period: April 25 ~ May 6th Location: COEX 1F (Eating area) COEX Square (Food Booth) Eat the Seoul in collaboration with COEX will be holding a food festival featuring Western, Asian, Fusion and many more types of cuisine and street food! * Over-Action Rabbit Figure Event If you present your receipt proving that you've purchased at least a certain amount: You will be able to receive prizes featuring the cute 'Over-Action Rabbit Figure' At least 30,000 KRW: Re-usable Cup At least 50,000 KRW: Eco-Bag or a 11,000 KRW worth ticket for <Very Goods 2019> At least 80,000 KRW: Re-usable Cup + Eco-Bag + A Certificate
Special Event: Discover Seoul Pass 24H BTS Edition
Discover Seoul Pass
If you are a fan of BTS, then this exclusive Seoul Pass BTS Edition is a must-have for you. You can also receive a limited edition BTS photo postcard, and a tourist map (until sold out) T Money transportation function is not available for the BTS Edition The BTS Edition Seoul Pass is only available with a 24 hour option. You can pre-order from March 15th, until sold out Promotion may end without prior notice