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Historic meets modern in this central district of Seoul, where good food, unique architecture and mountainous green spaces come together. 

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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LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is CA $70 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,414 reviews)

"Good Location in the center of Seoul, Clean and Fancy, and Great Price"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $76 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,792 reviews)

"The setup of the room makes every room seem spacious even when I went from a double King to a single, it still seemed like the same size."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 2, 2020

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $340 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,052 reviews)
Exceptional service, my new favorite.

"We stayed one night for a bday celebration and everything was great. The service was exceptional by everyone (I'm 8months pregnant and we never left the hotel, and we ordered room service for every meals). The late night pool was also great, less people. Everything was also clean. Other than parking ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2020

The Shilla Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $211 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,116 reviews)

"The hotel is right in the downtown area and subway stations are also within the hotel complex or within walking distance if located outside. It's very convenient to get to different tourist spots and it's actually easier and of the same costs to take a taxi to get to those places. I stayed in an ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2020

Lotte Hotel Seoul
L'Escape Hotel
L'Escape Hotel
5 out of 5
67 Teogye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is CA $194 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namdaemun Market and Namsan Park. N Seoul Tower and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 2 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)
참 아름다운 호텔

"호텔 전체적으로 예쁘고 직원들은 친절했습니다. 시장과 가깝고 지하철도 바로 앞에 있어서 위치도 좋고 명동도 가까워서 좋았지만 잘때 이상하게 외부에서 꽝꽝거리는 소음이 발생해서 좀 시끄러웠습니다. 전반적으로는 만족했습니다."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2020

L'Escape Hotel
Hotel PJ Myeongdong
Hotel PJ Myeongdong
4 out of 5
71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $71 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,185 reviews)

"Recently I have made this my hotel in Seoul. The price is very reasonable, the room is large, and the location is very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2020

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