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.
Ganghwa Island Cultural Tour, Pyeonghwa Observatory, Luge Ride
Gyeongju UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour [From Busan]
News & Events
Special Evening Admission to Gyeongbokgung Palace
Experience Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the most famous landmarks in Seoul in a new way! Gyeongbokgung Palace will be holding a special evening admission event starting from April 29 until November 3rd, 2019. Walking under the moonlight visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Korean history and be transported back to the Chosun dynasty. You can only get this feeling of serenity nighttime so don't miss this special offer. This event is not only popular for foreigners but also among local Koreans every summer! Event Period & Opening Hours Period: Every 3rd and 4th week from April 29 to November 3 (Closed on Tuesdays) Last entry: 1 hour before closing April 29 - May 6 (Royal Culture Festival) (19:00-21:30) May 20 - June 2 (19:00-21:30) June 17 - 30 (19:30-22:00) July 22 - August 4 (19:30-22:00) September 16 - 29 (19:00-21:30) October 21 - November 3 (19:00-21:30) Ticketing Where to buy: Foreigners can buy a ticket on-site (limited up to 500 visitors per day, first come first serve, up to 4 tickets per person) Price: 3000 Won *Bring your passport to validate your foreign nationality* * Free entry if you reserve online and wear Hanbok through the sites below (each site has 250 quotas for free entry ) - Also applicable for foreigners 1. Auction Ticket 2. Interpark Ticket Or go in person and check out some nearby Hanbok rental shops such as Hanbok-nam or 3355 Hanbok if you wish to rent and wear Hanbok to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Weather conditions The event will continue even if it rains. Please bring your own umbrella.
Living in Seoul Talk Series
September 28, 2019 (Saturday) 9:30am to 6:00pm Itaewon Global Village Center will be hosting its first event to commemorate the “International Day for the Universal Access to Information”, entitled “Living in Seoul Talk Series”! This series will be divided into three sessions: Part 1: Living in Seoul Orientation for Newcomers in Korea (9:30am~12:00pm) - A talk on basic information on living in Seoul, crime prevention, banking, medical care, Korean culture and so on. Part 2: Basic Korean Laws by Atty. Jaesung Hong of JS Legal (1:30pm~3:30pm) - A talk on civil and criminal laws in Korea Part 3: Standard Korean Labor Law by Atty. Bongsoo Jung of Kangnam Labor Law Firm (4:00pm~6:00pm) - A talk on basic labor laws As an aspect of Itaewon GVC’s commitment to support foreigners living in Seoul, and as an agency heading the international community, we uphold the undertaking of promoting the importance of knowing one’s rights. This is also an opportunity to help foreigners living in Seoul to have access to the valuable information that will help them adapt and make their lives easier while living in Korea. All foreigners, especially those who are new to Korea are encouraged to join! To join, email us your name, nationality, contact information and the session or sessions you want to join. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org)
KB Rapbeat Festival 2019
September 28th, 2019 KB Rapbeat Festival is back! This year it will be held in Seoul Land, Korea’s first amusement park. Enjoy the performances of one of the best line ups in the hip hop genre and have fun at an amusement park at the same time! Not only will the hottest hip hop artists be performing, but there will be performances by the underground rappers as well. So don’t miss out on this awesome festival and get ready to enjoy a wild experience! | Line-up: Beenzino, E-Sens, The Quiett, Zico, Zion-T, Dean, Loopy, NAFLA, Paloalto, Heize, DeepFlow, Nucksal and more!