Best things to do in Jongnogu and sightseeing in Jongnogu
Jongno-gu - Jongnogu
Take Jongno street for instance. Better known as the “Bell Street,” Jongno is famous for Bosingak, which is a marquee with a large bell. It is said the bell signals different times of a day and controls the four main gates to the city, and is usually rung thirty-three times at midnight on the New Year's Eve. When former Korean president Kim Dae-jung took office in 1998, the bell was rung in the midst of an intense economic crisis that had hit the country. Every Korean worth his salt knows that Kim opened a new chapter of economic transparency and played an even greater role of steering the country on the world map by hosting international events such as the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The melancholic yet inspiring sound of the bell has definitely struck a chord with millions of locals and expats living in or across Seoul.
대한민국 서울특별시 종로구 Gyeongbokgung - Palace - Jongnogu
It's one of my favorite place to go, especially in summer. It's very calm atmosphere there. Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace -- is a first royal palace built by Joseon Dynasty. The name means "Palace" (Gung) "Greatly Blessed by Heaven" (Gyeongbok). So when you are in Seoul, you shoud never miss out this palace to visit. It's a must.
Golden Pond Guesthouse - Jongnogu
This guesthouse is simple and clean with everything you need in a single room, there was a washing machine, fridge, stove, cupboard and a toilet with shower area all in a triple room. The room had a double-decker bed and a single bed. It sounds like a spacious and big room, but it's not really the case. Honestly, it was quite cramped and better if you're going with close friends. For me and my friends it was ok, though we had to admit it was a little smaller than expected. But since we were out most of the day and only utilized the washing machine, toilet, cupboard and beds we had nothing much to complain about. We were given two sets of keys for the triple room, so if you do stay, it may be a little inconvenient. The best thing about this place is the proximity to the MRT station, only about 5 minutes walk through a street with lots of shops and food. There are alot of food ships around the area as this is close to SKKU (Sungkyunkwan University), so if you're hungry in the middle of the night, I also found a 24-hour eatery with pretty decent Ramen. The only downside is that you have to book this place earlier and if you get there and want to change your room type due to last minute changes, the lady boss isn't very flexible. After booking, you are required to pay a certain percentage of your whole stay and it's non-refundable. But overall, great place, considering the amount of food and shops in the area and if you're just going to use the guesthouse to rest after a long day, it is very convenient!