*02 City Hall Area

Most Interesting Districts
Sixteen of Seoul's Most Interesting Districts

*To experience the city's ancient history, traditions, cuisine and trendy culture, a visit to these 16 areas is a good place to start.

[ Authorship-Korea Tourism Organization ]

1 Deoksugung(Palace)

Deoksugung(Palace) was first built as a royal residence, but it became a palace when the king stayed there after the Japanese Invasion in 1592. Western style buildings were built here during the Japanese colonial period, making it the only palace with modern building. Seokjojeon, one of these modern buildings, now accommdates the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
09:00-21:00(Closed on Mondays) *Regular events : Royal guard changing ceremonies 11:00, 14:00, 15:30

1-1 Stone-wall road encircling Deoksugung(Palace)

A beautiful place for a stroll with tall trees lining the street and an ancient stone wall.

2 Seoul Plaza

This is a lawn plaza in front of Seoul City-Hall. Here, various events including mini concerts, outdoor exhibitions and flea markets are held every weekend. During winter, a skating rink is set up for visitors to enjoy ice skating at a reasonable price.

2-1 Seoul City Hall building

The New City Hall, Seoul`s brand new landmark. it is an eco-friendly building with the world`s largest indoor green wall.

2-2. Seoul Metropolitan Library

The former Seoul City Hall, established in 1926, is now coming to citizens as Seoul Metropolitans Library. Over 200,000 books are prepared for the visitors in the main library in Seoul.
Weekdays 09:00-21:00(Some reference room 09:00-18:00), Weekend 09:00-18:00(Closed on Mondays)

3 Chongdong Theater

If you want to experience the best of traditional Korean Performing arts, you should definitely visit this theater. Along with MISO, a regular traditional performance held every day at 16:00 and 20:00, the theater offers hands-on experience programs such as one on how to play the janggu(a traditional percussion instrument).
MISO performance 16:00, 20:00(Closed on Mondays)

4 Seoul Museum of Art

You encounter the museum while walking along the stone-wall road of Deoksugung(Palace). It holds exhibitions of such world-famous masters as Chagall, Matisse and Picasso each year, as well as contemporary artwork by Korean and foreign artists.
Weekdays 10:00-20:00; Mar.-Oct. Weekends 10:00-19:00, Nov.-Feb. Weekends 10:00-18:00(Closed on Mondays)

- Watch the royal guard changing ceremony at Deoksugung(Palace) and walk along the stone-wall road encircling the palace.
- Visit famous old restaurants in narrow alleys behind City Hall to enjoy special tastes dishes passed down over many generations.

< Recommendation of Accommodations nearby >

@. The Westin Chosun Hotel - www.echosunhotel.com
@. Plaza Hotel - www.hoteltheplaza.com
@. Best Western New Seoul Hotel - www.bestwesternnewseoul.co.kr
@. New Kukje Hotel - www.newkukjehotel.com
@. Irene Hotel / Irene City Hotel- www.hotelirene.co.kr
@. Fraserplace - www.fraserplace.co.kr

Myeongdong Hostel - www.myeongdonghostel.com
Elm Tree Guesthouse - www.elmtreeguesthouse.com