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Jongno Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone 종로 청계 관광특구

  • +82-2-2148-1862
  • jongno.go.kr
Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 서린·관철·관수·장사·예지동 전역, 신문로1가 일부, 종로1~6가 일부, 창신동 일부)

There are ancient palaces well-matched with modern buildings in Jongno Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone. Not only cultural assets from Joseon Dynasty, such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, but a number of museums are also located in this zone. Those who visit this zone can encounter diverse streets like Insa-dong Culture Street, Gwancheol-dong Street of Youth, Jewelry Shopping Street, Seun Electronics Market, Lighting Store, Gwangjang Market and Stationary Store Street. Besides these areas, there is still more to see in this zone. Today, the zone is a must-visit place for foreign tourists.
Visitors can experience Korean culture and traditions at Sancheong-dong, Bukchon and Insa-dong. Bukchon offers Hanok (Korean traditional house) stays and cultural experiences, and visitors can feel the aesthetic essence of Korean culture. Restaurants around Insa-dong and Samcheong-dong serve fusion cuisine as well as traditional dishes. Along the streets are galleries of various sizes where one can spend some quiet time.
Gwanghwamun Gate, where newspaper companies, government and public agencies and bookstores are located, is a great place to learn about the lifestyle and culture of people in Seoul. The trail along Cheonggyecheon Stream is well-managed.

In the area around Jongno there are more than 14,000 shops and stores dedicated to fashion, including clothing and footwear, jewelry, electronics, stationary goods and accessories. There are many unique things to see. Many of them are old and have stood witness to the ups and downs of the area for decades.
Various festivals take place in the area around Jongno and Cheongyecheon Stream, and it is worthwhile to take a look at the narrow alleys that hold on to the atmosphere of an old neighborhood. It is also near Cheongwadae, the presidential residence. For a Cheongwadae tour, it is required to submit an application in advance.

* Current State Jongno & Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone
1) Districts Covered: Gwanghwamun Building~ Sungin-dong Intersection (Areas around Seorin, Gwancheol, Gwansu, Jangsa and Yeji-dong, parts of Sinmunno 1(il)-ga, Jongno 1 (il) to 6 (yuk)-ga, Changsin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
2) Area: 540,602㎡

* Tourist Attractions
palaces, art galleries, museums, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage)

Utilization information

・Information : • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2148-1862 (Korean)

・Parking Facilities : 27 parking lots are available at ancient palaces, arts galleries and around Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Available Facilities

Tourist information center, interpretation center, luxury hotel, tourist hotel, duty-free shop, tourist restaurant, etc. Amenities including restaurant and tourist information centers are available near Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Restrooms

Public restrooms are available at ancient palaces, arts galleries, hotels and Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Interpretation Services Offered

Ancient palaces provide culture and tourism guides in English, Chinese and Japanese at certain hours of the day.
Moving tourist information center provides multilingual tour guides and travel handbooks.
Multilingual handbooks including English, Chinese and Japanese are available at the tourist information centers, ancient palaces and museums.

Access

Jongno-gu, Seoul


Traffic information

  • Subway Line 3 Gyeongbokgung (Government Complex-Seoul) (경복궁(정부서울청사))- 566.7m

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