Central Seoul South Korea
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Central Seoul is the logical place to begin any exploration of the city, and will certainly not disappoint. Slap bang in the middle of the city, to the north of the Han River, you will find all of Seoul’s most famous ancient palaces and royal shrines, as well as traditional markets, tea houses and temples. Once you’ve had your fill of ancient history, you can discover more about Korea’s more recent milestones in one of the many museums, art galleries and memorials found in the area. Modern day architecture can also be explored here, and there are plenty of parks, shopping, theatre, restaurants, nightlife; and high up above the city is the N Seoul Tower – one of Seoul’s most iconic and recognizable landmarks.

Jongno-gu (종로구) is an important historical district of Seoul, and takes its name from a major street in the area, Jongno, meaning ‘Bell Street’. It was an important hub in Seoul during the ancient Joseon dynasty and is home to the main palaces in the city, as well as being the home of the current Korean President.
Jung-gu (중구) is just south of Jongno-gu, and its name can be literally translated to mean ‘central district’. It is also an important historical centre, as well being home to a great deal of modern new design.
Yongsan-gu (용산구) is the southernmost of these three districts, and is located just north of the Han River. Its name can be translated to mean ‘Dragon Hill’, and it is home to many ethnically diverse areas and a well-known military base.