Jung-gu combines history, culture and contemporary appeal. The lively enclave is set in the heart of Seoul and is known for its beautiful architecture, trendy boutiques and hip dining scene. Leafy parks and public green spaces are a breath of fresh air.
Things to do in Jung-gu
Deoksugung Palace is a fascinating blend of Korean and European styles. It was built in the Joseon dynasty and is one of five magnificent city palaces. Tours take you behind the scenes of the palace and showcase the elaborately decorated throne hall. Changing of the guard ceremonies take place three times a day and are worth the wait. Visit after dark to see the palace illuminated with colourful lights.
The pedestrianised Myeong-dong neighbourhood is fuelled by a thriving café culture. Enjoy European-style espresso paired with Korean sweets and pastries. The streets are also lined with sizzling food stalls where you can try spicy chicken soup, pork dumplings and other local specialties. Myeong-dong is also a shopping destination, with international brands standing alongside local boutiques.
Ride the cable car up Namsan Hill for sweeping views over the city skyline. Stroll around beautifully manicured Namsan Park and ride the elevator up 236-metre-tall N Seoul Tower. The chef-driven revolving restaurant serves contemporary cuisine coupled with stunning views.
Cheonggyecheon stretches for almost 11 kilometres through Jung-gu and is one of the city’s most popular recreation spaces. It hugs the banks of an urban stream and is lined with leafy trees. The grassy foreshore is a great place to sip on a cup of bubble tea and soak in the atmosphere.
Getting around Jung-gu
Jung-gu is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, especially in the Myeong-dong neighbourhood. Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get from A to B, while buses and subway trains are a good option for budget travellers. Drive or ride the train to Incheon International Airport in one hour.