Explore Jung-gu: its castle, food, architecture, and more!

Jung-gu (Jung district) is at the heart of South Korea’s capital. Find the Seoul City Hall here, where the rules and regulations of the city are made. Although it serves an important administrative function, the area also has a lot to draw tourists, from museums and historic sites to great restaurants and a super-high viewing point.

Much of Jung-gu is residential, so it is a pleasant spot to escape the crowds of some of Seoul’s other central districts. Start at City Hall Plaza and be sure to bring your camera. The sight of the hypermodern new City Hall rising from directly behind the historic original City Hall makes very interesting photos.

Next, have a meal at Sindang-dong Tteokbokki Town. Walk beneath the tall blue arch that marks the entrance to this well-loved food street. Many locals will tell you it offers the best ddukbokki (sometimes written as “tteokbokki”) anywhere in Seoul. These spicy stir-fried rice cakes are a must-try Korean specialty.

When your stomach is full, head to N Seoul Tower. Pause to have your portrait painted by one of the artists at the foot of the tower. Ascend to the tower’s viewing platform, the highest in the city, for truly spectacular views of the area below.

The tower is located in Namsan Park, a vast green space that offers an idyllic oasis within the city. Wander the scenic trails that wind to the peak of Namsan Mountain. Another peaceful spot in Jung is Jangchungdan Park, where old-fashioned, ornate Korean buildings are scattered throughout.

In the evening, enjoy some culture at the National Theater of Korea. Watch a dance show that you can appreciate without knowing the Korean language.

Jung-gu station is very central. Reach it from Seoul station in about 20 minutes. Once here, the best way to explore the area, especially its sprawling green spaces, is on foot.

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Top Hotels in Jung-gu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
¥16,626/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,726 reviews)

This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,726 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, excellent service. Only wished there was a room available when we arrived after a long flight; we were told the room that was assigned to us was not ready because the guy in there before us hadn't checked out yet! They should've been able to just give us the next available room. ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Lotte Hotel Seoul
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ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
¥8,867/night
Sep 10 - Sep 11
4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)

Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun Market are also within 3 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)

"The room is big and nice,Bed is comfortable, location is not bad beside city hall mrt"…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
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Hotel PJ Myeongdong
4 out of 5
71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
¥7,982/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.2/5Excellent! (3,385 reviews)

Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Namsan Park and Myeongdong Street are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,385 reviews)

"Excellent location"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Hotel PJ Myeongdong
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Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
¥10,556/night
Sep 10 - Sep 11
4.3/5Excellent! (2,441 reviews)

Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,441 reviews)

"Great hotel, good location. Very friendly service and accommodating to us. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong
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Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong
4.5 out of 5
52, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
¥7,870/night
Sep 9 - Sep 10
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,426 reviews)

Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namdaemun Market, Postal Museum of Korea, and Bank of Korea Museum. Seven Luck Casino Millennium ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,426 reviews)

"Great location easy access walking distance to myeongdong shopping district. The only thing I was not satisfied was the room temperature in my room was not cooling even though I set up to 72 farenheit the temperature was hot."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong
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The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
¥16,890/night
Sep 9 - Sep 10
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,675 reviews)

Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun Market and Dongdaemun History ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,675 reviews)

"I think it is the one of best hotels in Seoul. I higly recommed shila hotel if you have a chance to stay. You will experience unexpected comfort."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

The Shilla Seoul

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Itaewon

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