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If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
This palace was visually stunning. The Huwon tour (Secret Garden) was awesome. I visited in December, and there was an otherworldly quality walking through the garden with ice on the ponds and a chill in the air. I can't wait do take this tour again in the spring or summer.
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
"The Queen's Palace! Different, lovely!"
reviewed 19 April 2020 by TravelerTrecker
This is very interesting palace. It is not as large as Gyenongbokgung or Changdeokgung. It is connected with the latter. Like the others, the palace was destroyed by Japan during the time of occupation. In this palace, the Queen Mother and her court resided; the last Joseon queen was assassinated here by the Japanese invaders.
The palace grounds spread in...
From a walking distance of Jonggak station you will found Cheonggycheon stream. It’s a 10 km long modern public space in downtown Seoul. It’s a great place to chill and get away from the city's fast paced life. Depending on the time of the year, there’s different exhibitions. It’s definitely good place for pictures.
This huge gate is the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung palace, which is the biggest among five palaces in Seoul. A changing of the guards ceremony happens at the gate at 10 am and 2 pm. You can view the ceremony for free. Entry ticket is to be purchased for visiting the palace
It was the best of best korean restaurant.
The taste of food was not strong but mild, You can taste what is real best korean food.
The food here was served to the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty.
Compared to food quality and service levels, food prices are not expensive.
경험해본 한정식중 최고의 음식이다.
음식의 맛은 강하지 않고 부드럽지만...
Perfect BBQ. The best I have ever tried! Meat was so fresh, so delicious, we couldn’t stop) For two people we ordered 2 pieces of pork and fried rice. And we got a full of free dishes table: soup, sauces, kimchi, salad, rice pie, marinated leaves for bbq and so on) 40000 won for two, and we didn’t finish fried...
"Fight fire with fire, eating spicy chicken soup in the summer"
reviewed 20 July 2017 by Zlifeisgood
There was only one main dish, the chicken soup that we could add kimchi and lots of chili. We were advised to take the noodles after finishing the chicken. Though we were sweating profusely, we totally enjoyed the meal and felt energised to continue our late night shopping till 5am.
I came here for the weekend solo and loved my stay at Maker’s Hotel. The location is perfect, everything is walkable and if you want to take public transit that is easily accessible too. Very friendly and helpful staff!!!!
Good location. Nearby 2 stations which can cover major area by using this 2 stations. Airport bus station nearby, doesn't need bring luggage up and down thru subway.
Room are big, quiet and clean. Comfort bed.
Helpful staff, which try to resolve your issue and request.
Overall a highly recommend hotel to stay.
The hotel was clean and the room and bathroom was clean and nice and the staff was nice and the room was luxurious, and the location is nice and the ac was cold and the room was also quiet and the bed was comfy and clean. Overall I am definitely going to be back here again.
"Comfortable accommodation in a central location."
reviewed 15 January 2020 by B3355WHian
Reasonably priced accommodation, clean and comfortable rooms, central position in Seoul, good breakfast included with a variety of eastern and western foods, easy access to shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions and transport, great internet service.
Our room is quiet small for 3 people. Only 3 hangers provided with 3 hooks on the wall. No enough space to hang clothes. The room is very clean and quiet. Soft, clean and comfy bed and pillows. Good wifi and cable channels. Great location, short walk from subway, at night a lot of red tent eateries outside.