If you are a history buff who loves to learn about a country’s history, and see relics of its progress through the centuries – from ancient times when the monarchy ruled and feudal rules dictated social norms to contemporary times where skyscrapers dot the skyline and hustle and bustle surrounds you – Jongno is the right place to plug into when you are in Seoul.
For over 600 years, Jongno was the seat of power for the Josun dynasty. Ancient palaces, museums, traditional Korean villages made up of hanoks are scattered throughout the district, which is also home to high-rise office towers, bustling shopping areas and good restaurants. To really get to the heart of Jongno, you’d need more than a week. Alas, most tourists won’t have that much time to spare. Id you’re planning for a short trip there, you might want to zoom into the following recommendations.