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Seoul City Hall

City Hall is located in the bustling heart of Seoul, the city’s cultural showpiece in an area filled with both old and new.  Seoul City Hall, founded in 1926, is a Renaissance-style stone building and considered the city’s central cultural showpiece.

Seoul Plaza is a well-known place where tens of thousands of Korean soccer fans came to cheer during the World Cup games.   Located in the main downtown, across from the Plaza Hotel, here you’ll find the majority of landmarks that symbolize Korea’s past and present. After hundreds of years of Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, it’s only natural that this part of Seoul exhibit the essence of classic Korean culture, architecture and natural beauty. The spectacular view from Sejong Street puts nature, beauty and culture into perspective with Gyeongbokgung Palace’s main gate.  Taking center stage, the hustle and bustle of the city lifestyle and in the background is the breathtaking Ingwang Mountain. Within walking distance you’ll find numerous shopping opportunities with the Myeongdong shopping district in the main downtown area and the highly traditional and popular street, Insadong.  There are many palaces, deluxe hotels, department stores, arcades and boutiques, all within walking distance.  

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Changing of the Guards

The Seoul City Bus Tour stops in front of every major site-seeing tourist attraction including the City Hall area.  Here you can watch the Royal Guard changing ceremony at Deoksugung Palace, famous for its elegant stone wall road and beautiful natural beauty, located right next to City Hall.  The ceremony lasts approximately 15 minutes and afterwards, stand by and have your picture taken with one of the stoic guards. Wander around the area and if you return at 6:00 pm, listen for the graceful bell sounds coming from the nearby Angelican Church of Korea, the main palace during the Daehanjeguk period of the late Joseon Dynasty. 

In the Spring you’ll be pleased to see beautiful cherry blossoms and in the Fall, the gingko trees cover the palace in leaves of striking shades of yellow and orange.  In the Winter, you’ll find an ice skating rink for your enjoyment.   Come take a visit and enjoy the City Hall and plaza area any time of year!

Telephone:   +82-2-731-6611

Directions:      City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 5.

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