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Interview

Impressions of Jongno FAM (Familiarization) Tour

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Special Feature of This Month

Walking along the Fortress Wall of Seoul

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Every Nook and Corner of Our Neighborhood

Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong

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Recommended Tour Course by Themes

Jongno Shopping Course by Psychological Tests

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Selected Sights of Our Sister District

Jeonju-si Jeonrabukdo

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Together with Tourists from Other Countries

‘Cheongyecheon (Stream)’ to be revisited by Tourists from Other Countries

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Popular Tourist Attraction

Jogyesa (Temple) Baeksong (Pine trees with white spots)

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Tour News

Tour Forum and the Results of the FAM Tour/ Attending a Travel Mart/ Exchanges with Overseas Communities (Holt)/ Open Jongno Online Tour Café

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Culture Event of This Month

Introduction to the Events in July and August



Cover Story

In the summer

It is happiness in the summer to sit on the sides of Cheongyecheon like daylight under the dark sky past hot sunlight. .
Publisher: Mayor of Jongno-gu Date: Jun. 25, 2009 Tel: 02-731-1835 Fax: 02-731-0528

Address: 110-701 50 Sambong-gil (146-2 Susong-dong) Jongno-gu Seoul. Editing: Crayon Inc.

You can read ‘Welcome to Jongno’ on the Jongno Web Magazine at the left bottom of Jongno-gu homepage (www.jongno.go.kr).

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Impressions of Jongno FAM Tours | Interview |


Impressions of Jongno FAM Tours

Jongno Tour for One Night Two Days by Eun-ji Go of Jayoo Tour


This Jongno FAM tour was for one night two days. On the first day we went to Bukchon Hanok (Traditional Korean Village Style) Village after visiting the Changdeok Palace as recommended by ‘JUMP’. I had hoped to look at Korean lifestyle as it is a real resident area but we could only look at few houses besides the museums. If the houses of Bukchon Hanok Village were allowed to be seen, it would be more interesting course than Namsan Hanok Village.

After walking around Samchengdong and having dinner at Insadong, I stayed at a Hanok Guesthouse called ‘Rakgojae’ for the night. It is a popular place to Korean and Japanese because it is also the location where television drama series were filmed.

It was a nice place to experience a Korean traditional house but it was too expensive to take as a tour package. 200 thousand won for one night there is more costly than five-star hotels, said one of other tourist agents. Regardless of the cost, ‘Rakgojae’ could be recommended to one who wishes to experience Hanok as its facilities are well managed with reduced inconvenience of Hanok.

On the second day, we went to the Changgyeong Palace, Jongmyo (Shrine), Jongno jewelry arcades and Kwangjang Market but they have still many things that had to be improved to be introduced to tourists. Nevertheless it would not be a bad idea to utilize it as a shopping tour after completing the redevelopment of that area. Although the Kwangjang Market is smaller than Namdaemun Market, it would be a more appropriate place for Hanbok (Korean Traditional Costume), tailored suits and diversified choices of food. Especially, its mung-bean pancakes are very popular and it can be tasted for free, making it the right place to experience them.

The Jongno FAM tour was a bit exhausting due to lots of courses that we had to walk, but it was a good opportunity for me to know about the places which I had not known for 20 years living in Seoul and learn about other tourist agents’ products from the people I met during the tours.

Also, it was a meaningful time to think about how transit tours could be diversified and improved, and which promotions were required.

I wish to attend this kind of event again to take another opportunity to get to know more people and learn more about new locations.

Lack of details that are needed for popular tourist attraction

by Jung-eun Choi of monthly journal, Bitmap Travel

I think that the FAM tour comparatively reflected the various core elements of Jongno tours, considering the limited time of one night two days. However, the tour was not able to show the characteristics and attractions of its essential places properly because it introduced too many locations during the given time. In my opinion, it should explain more of hidden interest and uniqueness rather than introduction to the simple courses, as Jongno is one of the most popular and revisited places. For example, I felt the lack of detailed information that tourists want to know when they actually visit Jongno such as overall introductions to galleries, museums and café streets in Bukchon Hanok Village with information or stories about unknown things to enjoy or see, and well-known items or attributes of cafes and stores in Jongno.



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| Special Feature of this Month | Walking along the Fortress Wall of Seoul

Walking along the Fortress Wall of Seoul where the history and culture are breathing

-Writing∙ Photos | by Byeong-hak Lee, Reporter of Hangyeore Daily


What is the Fortress Wall of Seoul?

Fortress Wall of Seoul (Historic Relic No.10) was first established in the fourth year of King Taejo (1396). It was built for 49 days in January-February and August-September when it was the agricultural off-season then. About 200 thousand people were raised to construct in the range of Bukhansan~Naksan~Namsan~Inwangsan~Bukhansan (Mountains), 59,500 Ja (18.2㎞) in length. The four main gates and four little gates of old Seoul were completed at that time. In those days fortresses were built with earth on the flat and with stone in the mountains but in the fourth year of King Sejong (1422), 27 years later, all of them were re-built up with stone. The Walls were again maintained on a large scale in 1704, King Sukjong. Fortress Wall of Seoul remained as it was by the end of Daehan Empire, but most of the Wall on the flat was removed during the Japanese colonial period with the remainder of 10Km in the mountains.

Fortress Wall of Seoul is hidden in a familiar scene. Walking along the Wall, Namsan-gil (Street) and Seongbukdong are shown again, and Saemunan-gil newly approaches. Let’s enjoy walking along the Wall with joy of rediscovering Seoul from each stone block as well as keeping one’s health.
Susun Jun - do (map of Seoul in the Period of Yi dynasty – drawn by Jeong-ho Kim in the 1840s)

Seoul is a city of fortress wall.

It used to be completely surrounded by the stone fortress wall built elaborately. The remaining two-thirds of it, 18.2㎞ in length, still leaves traces among mountain ranges, housing areas and buildings.

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Heunginjimun ~ Naksan Park ~ Hyehwamun ~ Waryong Park ~ Sukjeongmun ~ Changuimun Course

The beltway that goes around the Fortress Wall of Seoul was completed in 2007. Bukaksan and Inwangsan (Mountains) had been closed to the public since the infiltration of spies in 1968. Inwangsan was opened first to the public in 1993 and Bukhansan Sukjeongmun ~ Changuimun section was opened by the Participatory Government, which eventually enabled walking tours around the Fortress Wall of Seoul.

The starting point of walking tours along the Fortress Wall of Seoul is the Heunginjimun. Entering the exit 6 of Dongdaemun subway station when seeing the Heunginjimun (Treasure No.1) and then coming out from exit 1, from where the way of the Fortress Wall of Seoul is opened. The lane outside the Fortress is led to a thickly-wooded footpath. Passing by an arbor and a church, you can go into the Fortress through Ammun. Going past Toilet∙ Naksan Athletic Association, wall is disconnected by a lane leading to Naksan Park on the left. Walking down the wooden steps inside the Fortress leading to a lane leads to Hyehwa Subway Station through the Robot Museum. Little walking to Hyehwadong crossroads to the right will find the Hyehwamun. Hyehwamun is the dongsomun (little eastern gate) of the four little gates of old Seoul. The gate, which had been removed during the Japanese colonial period, was moved and restored on the hill next to a road in 1992. Walk along the way outside the Fortress to the North. The Fortress that became the stone embankment of housing area is disconnected at the end of the wall of Dusan Villa. Passing by Gyeongsin Middle/High School leads to woodland path to the right of Seoul Science High School. The genuine Fortress Wall will appear. Climbing up through the steps and the paths by turns inside the Fortress for a while will reach the rest place of Waryong Park. This is usually taken as a starting point of Bukaksan climbing.

The beautiful appearance of the Fortress Wall of Bukaksan starts from there climbing up a woodland path outside an ammun. The wandering path outside the Wall covered all over with ivy introduces a dense forest. The Wall stone built up during the reign of King Taejo∙Sejo∙Sujong appears one after the other. Walking into the Fortress via wooden steps leads to the rest place of Malbawi. After showing ID cards and writing down personal details, you can climb up to the Sukjeongmun with hanging the given pass card around your neck. Climbing up the pine forest through a toilet leads to Gokjang crossroads. It is recommended to go up a path to the right and see the view of the Bukaksan peak. When looking down the Bukaksan peak and Inwangsan top from the Gokjang, low-enclosed wall on the high place, the Fortress Wall winding around the mountains will be seen like a picture.

Descend from Gokjang and walk toward Baekakmaru, the peak of Baekaksan. Stepping up through an ammun leads to the Bukaksan peak via Cheongundae and a pine tree shot by the 1∙21 attacks. Gyeongbok Palace nearby and building forest in the distance are seen at a glance. The way going down from the peak to Changuimun is very steep steps.

Arriving at the information center of Changeumun and returning the pass card, you will find a fine view of Changuimun (Buksomun - little northern gate ∙Jahamun).

You can take a rest on the pavilion. The stone marked ‘The Source of Cheongyecheon’ and the momument and statue of Gyu-sik Choi, a police commissioner who died on duty during the 1∙21 attacks have been built at the side of Dulmeori-gil inside Changuimun. It took around 4.5 hours to complete the course of about 7.5㎞.


Changuimun ~ Inwangsan Peak ~ Sajik Tunnel ~ Donuimun Site ~ Jeongdong-gil ~ Sungryemun Course

Crossing the road on the left side and walking farther to the left through Changuimun and a tunnel will lead to an entry toward the Inwangsan Fortress Wall. The Wall is disconnected by a roadway. A little walking down to the road via an arbor will show a rock and a guard post.


Naksan Park frequently visited by lovers

Resting Place inside Waryong Park

The four main gates of old Seoul

Heunginjimun (Dongdaemun), "Gate of Rising Benevolence”

Donuimun (Seodaemun), "Gate of Rising Justice”

Sungryemun (Namdaemun), “Gate of Rising Manners”

Sukjeongmun (Bukdaemun), “Gate of Rising Intelligence”

The four little gates of old Seoul

Hyehwamun (Dongsomun)

Souimun (Seosomun)

Gwanghimun (Namsomun)

Changuimun (Buksomun)

Pine tree shot by the 1∙21 attacks

Preparations for walking along the Seoul Fortress Wall

Walking shoes, Water, Camera, ID card, Map

* It is mandatory to check with ID cards as the Bukaksan area is in a compact mass with military facilities.



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Crossing the road on the left side and walking farther to the left through Changuimun and a tunnel will lead to an entry toward the Inwangsan Fortress Wall. The Wall is disconnected by a roadway. A little walking down to the road via an arbor will show a rock and a guard post. Crossing the road there, you can climb the mountain through a small steel gate. Ascending flight of stone steps for a while, you will get out of the Fortress. You can see the Wall stone blocks built up during the reign of King Taejo∙Sejo∙Sujong. Again going into the Fortress and climbing the steep steps lead to an open view with the Inwangsan peak. The northern ridge is connected to the trace of Tangchundaeseong newly linked to Buhansanseong (Fortress) after the Byeongja Horan. The view from the Inwangsan Peak will let you know ‘what real picturesque scenery is’. You can see the whole view of Seoul on all around the Satgat Rock.

The path around the Wall of the ridge from the peak to the Sajik Tunnel is left untouched. The black Wall stone blocks remain intact, covered all over with ivy. The way going down is a steep flight of stone steps. Descending a path on the left for some time, you can quench your thirst at the Inwang Spring. Going down the woodland path about 350m and then when reaching a beltway linked to Bukaksan-gil, walk along the lane to the right. You will see the Fortress disconnected by a roadway next to a guard post. It is the upper part of Muak Hyundai Apartment. From there very scenic way of the Fortress Wall is connected to the Sajik Tunnel area.

Going down to the ground of residential areas on the right front of the Wall at the disconnected spot, Okgyeongi Store (Supermarket), will lead to a path on the right side. There you will see 400-year-old ginko trees. This area is called ‘Haengchondong’. The Wall way is cut at the Sangroksu Nursery.

Going farther down and turning to the left alley, there will be the lines of multiplex houses and the inner wall of their parking place is the wall built during the reign of King Sukjong. Seeing the house of Nan-pa Hong, walk down to Wolam Neighborhood Park.

The old figure of the Fortress Wall will be found at the end of a park below the former meteorological agency. The genuine figure appeared when redeveloping those old residential areas. You will find Donuimun (Seodaemun) through Gyeonggyojang inside Ganbuk Samsung Hospital. Take the Jeongdong-gil and pass by Changdeok Girls’ Middle School and Ihwa Girls’ High School where the remainders of the Wall are scattered on all sides of their campuses. Walk down to the side street of JoonAng Daily after seeing the Baejehakdang History Museum and the Wall is reconnected to the wall of the Myeongji Building and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. When coming out to the main street, the Wall is cut again and Sungryemun will appear under restoring construction. It took around 4 hours to complete the course of about 6㎞.

Sungryemun ~ Namsan ~ National Theater of Korea ~ Jangchung Gymnasium ~ Gwanghimun ~ Heunginjimun Course

Cross the road in front of the Sungryemun and the Namsan Overpass, you will find the remainder of the old Fortress Wall before the SK Building. There is no trace of the Wall until you reach the half-way up of Namsan via a flight of steps. Passing by the Baekbum Plaza along the steps, you can take a rest in front of the Ahn, Jung-geun Memorial Hall. After climbing up the stone steps again with starting a woodland path, you will realize that the stonework on the right side of the steps is a part of the Fortress Wall. Looking down, you will find black wall stone blocks extended to an acacia forest.

Passing by the last stop of the cable cars will lead to the peak of Namsan (Mokmyeoksan∙ Ingyeongsan) where there are Bonsudae (Smoke-signal Station) ∙ Palgakjeong (Pavilion) and the Namsan Tower. There is a stone post signed ‘Guksadang (Shrine)in front of Palgakjeong. Bonghwa ceremony (light a signal fire) is held between 11 am~12.30 pm everyday (except for Mondays). Walk down a tree-lined street past a shuttle bus stop, and you will find the Namsan Southern beltway. The stonework on the right side is the Fortress Wall. Its genuine figure appears at the spot cut by the road. The Wall was built during the reign of King Sejong.

Now the Wall is going up to the mountain, and the way is led to the lane for inspecting Namsan pine trees. Pass by the National Theater of Korea and enter the front gate of the Korea Freedom Federation. At the uphill path crossing to Hanmandong, there is a stone post indicating that the Namsomun was built there during the reign of King Sejong, but closed. Some part of the Korea Freedom Federation’s stonework is comprised of the old Fortress stone blocks.

Climbing up the path at the backside, you will see the clearest figure of the Seoul Fortress Wall among the southeast courses. Walk farther inside the Wall, and get out of the Fortress to descend when you meet its ending point. Various kinds of the mossy and shot blocks appear more beautifully. A lane is winding along the Wall. The stone blocks built up during the reign of King Sejong and Sukjong are clearly distinguished. Engraved blocks are often seen such as the construction information (starting points of allocated construction) or area name. It is said that the southeast of the Seoul Fortress Wall was built up by the people from Gyeongsangdo while the southwest was by the people from Jeollanamdo. The Wall is cut in the main street overlooking the Jangchung Gymnasium past the Shinra Hotel.

Climb up toward the Sindangdong Catholic Church on the hill in front of 88 Restaurant. Now the Wall is no longer connected and you will find only its traces scattered in places of the alley. You can see the remainder of the Wall used for the stonework of the alley next Janchung Art Villa and the left one across the Catholic Church. Walking along the Wall, you will be able to roughly guess the construction time from the bricks.

Go down around the ally of Jangchung Pacific Villa and climb the steps (Jangsu-gil) across the street. On the right side, you will see the sign post ‘Sugumun-gil’, the way going down to the Gwanghimun. Sugumun (Sigumun) is a nickname of the Gwanghimun which indicates a gate from which the death were sent out like the Seosomun (Souimun). The Gwanghimun in the middle of the street was moved to the current location. Go to the side of the annex to the Seoul Metro Dongdaemun crossing toward Hanyang Technical High School. At the back of the annex, there is a little rest place near the exit 2 of Dongdaemun Stadium Station. You can use a toilet inside the station.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza∙ Park is under construction at the formal Dongdaemun Stadium area. Recently, a part of the Seoul Fortress Wall was discovered under the ground of the stadium. Its excavation report is being made. Turn around the cover of the construction site and you can look at the excavation spot through transparent glass. Pass by the fashion malls∙ shopping centers, and move toward the Heunginjimun past lots of wheeled stalls. The Ogansugyo (Bridge) was built across the Cheongyecheon. In old times five arched holes were made there, as the location inside the Fortress got pooled. The five Hongyesumun modeled on the holes at the edge of the stream next the bridge. A stone post in front of the Heunginjimun was made, indicating that there used to be the Ogansumun, removed in 1907. It took about 5 hours to complete the course of around 8.5㎞.

The experts recommend walking along the Wall to know about the history of Seoul. The Seoul Fortress Wall is the last ecological pivot left in the city and an old path where nature, culture and history live together. While tracing the Wall, you will see the history and culture of Hanyang (the old name of Seoul) at once. Why don’t you take a walk along the Seoul Fortress Wall with the shade of trees and a fresh breeze wind to avoid the heat wave of summer?
Side of Sukjeongmun

The Fortress Wall around the peak of Bukaksan

The Seoul Fortress Wall inside the forest of Namsan northern beltway

The difference between the three construction periods

King Tejo: built with faced fermented-soybean-sized native rocks

King Sejong: built based on rectangular rocks, mixed with small stones among them

King Sukjong: built with 2×2 Ja-sized square rocks
Tips for walking along the Seoul Fortress Wall

Tip 1 _ Jongno-gu publishes ‘Guide Maps for Seoul Fortress Wall Tour’ that enable one to feel 600-year-old history, culture and nature and distributes them among the Tourism Division of Jongno-gu Office and Tourist Information Centers in InsadongㆍBukchon. (Tel. 02-731-1183)

Tip 2 _ At 10:00 am and 2 pm, you will be able to have commentary services from a culture expert everyday (except Mondays) at Malbawi Information Center (Tel. 02-765-0297) and Changuimun Information Center (Tel. 02-730-9924).
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| Every Nook and Corner of Our Neighborhood | Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong

Yahoo! Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong where there is a dynamic and beautiful night view

- Writing∙Photos | by News Reporter Team of Tourist Division


Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong that lies east of Jongno-gu has more attractions at night than in the daytime. It has an area of 0.6k㎡ with the population of 6,675 (as of 2007), and is located above the Cheongyecheon (Stream) and below Naksan (Mountain). Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong was named from the meaning that they are the fifth and sixth streets in Jongno and it is comprised of Hyojedong, Yeonjidong, Jongno 5-ga, Jongno 6-ga and Chungsindong.

Current Jongno streets including Jongno 5-ga were deliberately raised by Joseon Dynasty’s plan for commercial supremacy, and Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong was rapidly developed by connecting to Dongdaemun Market built in 1905. Especially, it became the center of commercial power when the electric locomotive station, running from Cheongryangri to Seodaemun at that time, was built near current Jongno 5-ga Subway Station. As time goes by and new towns have been developed at various places, its reputation is not as popular, but nevertheless it is still crowded with people and stores. Interesting thing is that there are more things to see at night than in the daytime as it is adjacent to old markets, Cheongyecheon and Dongdaemun Shopping Centers. You can see dynamic figures of the Korean from the people who are having Makgeolli (the oldest traditional alcohol in Korean history) with mung-bean pancakes or the people who are fast moving with carrying a heavy load late night. In addition to that, the way from the Cheongyecheon selected as its world-famous beautiful lights through Dongdaemun to Naksan is a luxury course to fully experience the night view of Seoul.

Also, the galleries in the streets ranging from Chungsindong to Ihwadong and Dongsungdong provide visitors with something different and old buildings and sewing factories provoke nostalgia for the life of 1960s-70s. This area has been frequently visited by people with various joys and sorrows of life, so that there have been restaurants and bars to take a rest and enjoy the comfort. Especially, they are famous for the small intestine of cattle, boned rib of pork, mung-bean pancake and frozen Pollack stew which consoled travelers’ hunger and merchants’ exhausted day. Although the signboards are changed and the buildings are renovated, it is said that their tastes are the same as before. New visitors are led by the signs marked by major broadcasting stations’ filming location due to the long history and good tastes.

Place where you can see dynamic and beautiful night view

There are two ways to get into Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong. One is coming out of the Majeongyo through the Gwansugyo and Saebyukdari of the Cheongyecheon, and the other is stepping out of the exit 5 or 8 of Jongno 5-ga Subway Station of Subway Line 1. As mentioned earlier, it is the place you can see a scenic night view and dynamic figures. Thus the best way would be to get out of the Majeongyo after walking along the Cheongyecheon’s picturesque stream rather than to take the subway. Particularly, if you want to enjoy the tranquil ambience of the Cheongyecheon, nights would be better. Stepping in Jongno 5-ga from the Majoengyo, you would have faced a newly constructing ‘Seun Shopping Center Green Park’. It will be one of Seoul’s landmarks together with Seoul Plaza, which will play a role of new lungs in the stifling atmosphere of the city. Now it demolished the old Seun Shopping Center and completed ‘Seun Greenway Park’. When taking a rest for a while or waiting for someone to meet, you could have a sit on the bench and view the panels introducing the history of the Seun Shopping Center.

Jongno 5∙6-ga is connected to Jongno 1∙4-ga by one street, so there are lots of people and stores everywhere. Sinjin Market and Kwangjang Market are the representative traditional markets of this area, and especially they are more crowded at night. There are plenty of items to eat and buy at low prices, so everybody can enjoy shopping there. Above all things, attractiveness of this area is that you can see the most Korean-style such as crowed, bargaining and chatting. Foreigners often consider the Korean as dynamic, as Korean people are diligent and moving a lot. Now it is not rare to see some foreigners thanks to word-of-mouth and tourist agencies’ introduction to tour courses, but it is somewhat regrettable that the most Korean things have not come into the spotlight yet.

Arriving at the Dongdaemun along Jongno 6-ga, the Heunginjimun shows its magnificent figure. The Heunginjimun appears to be more attractive in the night, as the harmony of illumination makes Treasure No.1 look better. Reaching Chungsindong past the formal Dondaemun Hospital of Ihwa Women’s University, you will find Naksan Park Road. There are many old buildings and winding narrow alleys differently from the way from Changsin 2-dong to Naksan park. It looks the same as 1960s-70s like the movie sets.

If your legs are aching, you can have a sit at several Rest Places. It is pleasant to be there next to the Seoul Fortress Wall. You can also enjoy overlooking the whole view of Seoul. Dongdaemun and Namsan Tower look the best. Climbing up for about 10 minutes, you will get to the peak of the mountain, where you will be able to see the beautiful night view of Seoul with having a fresh breeze.


Chungsindong Street Gallery, Amateur Photographers’ Fields of activity

Chungsindong under the jurisdiction of Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong is the location beginning the Street Gallery. As section of the 2006 Naksan Park Project, various pictures have been drawn on the outer walls of sewing factories and guard posts.

There are wall paintings on tiles, a sculpture of monkey and so on at an overpass, a boundary spot with Iwhadong, which are worth seeing. It has become amateur photographers’ fields of activity and been recommended on the Internet Websites. You will not be bored with the way to Naksan Park as there are wall paintings and sculptures here and there.

Centennial Anniversary Memorial Hall of Korean Christianity

Samyangsa

Jongno 4-ga

Kwangjang Market

Jongno 5-ga

Daehakro

Chungsindong

Community Service Center of Jongno 5∙6-ga Dong

JungBu District Office of Education

Dongdaemun

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| Recommended Tour Course by Themes | Jongno Shopping Course by Psychological Tests


Finding out my style to enjoy shopping

Psychological Test Flow / Shopping Style

The best of tour is shopping



I like accessories

It takes a long time to do the shopping

I want to change into another myself Yes A No B

I enjoy shopping at night

I love crowded places

I am a fussy shopper

I often buy on impulse Yes B No A

I bargain the price whenever shopping

I don’t go shopping with a companion

I have ever said that the clothes from markets were luxury goods Yes C No B

A Type Luxury Group

Your style is that you make a shopping list to buy the essential items you need while shopping. The goods that stand long use will become you rather than trendy ones. You are a discriminating shopper who has reality as well as decisiveness to use money smartly.
B Type Curious Group

Your style is that you get bored quickly. You focus on individuality rather than fashion when you dress up, so you enjoy shopping various items. But you shouldn’t buy on impulse. It is better for you to know some courses where you can do the shopping prudently.


C Type Practical Group

You are a practical person who buys various items at low prices rather than expensive goods. Your style is that you neither take too much money nor too little. Thus you are not likely to buy goods on impulse. Why don’t you enjoy night shopping with your friends in Jongno tonight?


A Type Luxury Group : I LOVE JONGNO Luxury in the center of a city & Beauty Course

COURSE Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station, Subway Line 3/ Exit 2 of Gwanghwamun Subway Station, Subway Line 5/ Exit 1 of Anguk Subway Station, Subway Line 3 � Samcheongdong (15mins walk) � Bukchon Hanok Village (15mins walk) � Beautiful Store (10mins walk) � Unhyeongung (Palace) (5mins walk) � Insadong (15mins walk) � Topgol Park (5mins walk) � Jongno Jewelry Shopping Center (15mins walk)


Samcheongdong

If you get sick of ordinary clothes and shoes stores, you can go to Samcheongdong! You will find the items such as uniquely designed clothes, shoes, bags, hats and so on at the stores among the tasteful alleys, which can change yourself into a totally different person. Also you can easily find various antiques here.


Bukchon Hanok Village

‘Beautiful Store’ located near Bukchon Hanok Village is a charity shop recycling donated goods brought to them. They contribute to the protection of environment by recycling the materials that are no longer used and help neglected and low income neighbors and citizens' groups with their proceeds. Also they are playing the role in spreading the social values such as environment, share and service.

Insadong

If you are interested in charming items and antiques, Insadong will be the right place for your shopping. The stores and stalls lined in Insadong alleys are filled with unusual stuff like reformed versions of the traditional hanbok, traditional teacups, traditional fans, notebooks and schoolbags of 1970s, etc.


Jongno Jewelry Shopping Center

Jongno Jewelry Street is boasting of its 40-year-old history and is selling every kind of jewelry you want. A great deal of jewelry that is distributed domestically is made in this place. From traditional to the latest style you can see a trend of Korean jewelry.

Newlyweds and foreigners mainly visit here due to lower prices than the open market prices.
B Type Curious Group : My economical shopping course along every corner among the alleys

COURSE Ext 4 of Hyehwa Subway Station, Subway Line 4 � Changgyeonggung (Palace) (15mins walk) � Jongmyo (Shrine) (5mins walk) � Jongno Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone � Insadong (15mins walk)


Jongno Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone

Are you looking for a place to buy good quality products at low prices? Jongno Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone is a location with traditional markets and shopping specialty. Foreigners who visit Korea for the first time can learn about diversified cultural feeling while shopping


Kwangjang Market

Pharmacies/Medical appliances

Insignias

Lighting fixtures

Shoes

Insadong
When you still think something more is needed after enjoying shopping at the Jongno Cheongye Special Tourist Zone?



You had better call at Insadong. You can view from charming accessories to peculiar fashion articles designed by novices under a tranquil ambience, which you didn’t experience at the earlier shopping course. The attraction of only Insadong is that most of the goods are made by professional designers! Let’s walk around to search for unique items that you cannot find in other places.
C Type Practical Group : Glance at night owls who go shopping to Jongno

COURSE Exit 4 of Dongdaemun Subway Station, Subway Line 1,4 � Changsindong Stationery/Toys Street (5mins walk) � Dongdaemun Market (10mis walk) � Jongno 3-ga (20mins walk) movie theaters � Kwangjang Market (15mins walk)


Changsindong Stationery/Toys Street

It is the largest market of stationery/toys in Korea with more than 100 stores. This street is specialized in wholesalers of stationery, fancy goods, toys, teaching materials, athletic stores and so on.


Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun Market is most well known market in Korea with its long history and traditions.

It consists of A, B, C and Shopping Town buildings, and each floor of the buildings is selling different articles. You can buy them at wholesale or retail. When you want to change the atmosphere of your home according to the season; need Hanbok (Korean traditional costume); want to make your clothes by yourself, you can visit here to buy special and various items.
Kwangjang Market

This is a place to buy all sorts of items such as silks and satins, linen and cotton cloth (Korean traditional costume), textile cloth (suit and dress material), women’s clothes, curtain cloth, bedclothes, handicraft, mother-of-pearl lacquerware, kitchen utensils, imported miscellaneous goods, fruits, dried goods, things needed in the sacrificial service, fish, fresh meat, vegetables, etc. It is becoming popular with a lot of foreigners who travel in Korea, as it was selected as a tour course of the world.


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| Selected Sights of Our Sister District | Jeonju-si Jeonrabukdo

Jeonju-si, Jeonrabukdo signed a sisterhood agreement with Jongno-gu in January, 2008 to maintain amicable relations in culture∙ tourism sectors and promoting its tourist attractions to be marked as the most Korean like city while inheriting and developing cultural traditions. Now that the Han (Korean) style is loved, let’s visit Jeonju of the center of tourism, which is based on the history and traditions!
Jeonju-si, Jeonrabukdo that signed a sisterhood agreement with Jongno-gu

Must-visit place~! The sights of Jeonju~!!

【A Landmark of Jeonju! Jeonju Hanok Village】

Jeonju Hanok Village represents a Korean traditional culture. It is a landmark of Jeonju with the 1000-year-old history. At Jeonju Hanok Village, the clock of history passes reversely, and thus you may be confused at the times to which you are belonging. Jeonju Hanok Village is the largest sized traditional village located at Pungnamdong in Jeonju, which is comprised of about 700 traditional houses, and it is the only Hanok town in Korea. Jeonju Hanok Village has various cultural facilities such as Gyeonggi Jeon, Omokdae, Hyanggyo, and the like, as a Jeonju’s unique cultural space. It is a place to experience the traditional culture and feel the taste and flavor of ancient scholars.


* Tour Course

Gaeksa ▶ Pungnammun ▶ Jeondong Cathedral ▶ Gyeonggi Joen (Hamabi, Subokcheong, Jinjeon, Jeonju Sago, King Yejong Taesilmyo) ▶ Choi Myeong-hi Literature Hall ▶ Oriental Herb Culture Center ▶ Jeonju Craftworks Exhibition Hall ▶ Omokdae ▶ Jeonju Traditional Han Ji Center ▶ Seunggwangjae ▶ Seolyewon ▶ Jeonju Traditional Liquor Musuem ▶ Traditional Crafts Studio ▶ Jeonju Hanok Living Experience Center ▶ Hanbyeok Theater ▶ Jeonju Traditional Culture Center ▶ Hyanggyo ▶ Hakin Theater ▶ Gang Am Calligraphy Gallery


【Jeonju City Three-Hour Tours】

Jeonju attracts tourists by developing diversified Jeonju Cultural Heritage Exploration Courses based on the Jeonju Hanok Village.

1 Course: Jeonju Eupseong’s Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Jeondong Cathedral ▶ Pungnammun ▶ Old Jeonbuk Provincial Office ▶ Gaeksa ▶ Cheonyang Jeong ▶ Daga Park

2 Course: Jeonju’s Cultural Heritage of the Joseon Dynasty (3 hours)

Gyeonggu Jeon ▶ Omokdae ▶ Imokdae ▶ Jeonju Hyanggyo ▶ Hanok Village

3 Course: Jeonju’s Landscape and Geographical Features (3 hours)

Geobukbawi ▶ Supjeongi ▶ Jinbuksa ▶ Deokjin Pond ▶ Gogyeongdan ▶ Chucheondae

4 Course: Along the Jeonju Stream’s Cultural Heritage (3 hours)

Hanbyeokru ▶ Jeonju Hyanggyo ▶ Gang Am Calligraphy Gallery ▶ Nambu Market ▶ Chorokbawi ▶ Seomun Church (Sinheung School) ▶ Chucheondae

5 Course: Late Baekje’s Cultural Heritage and a Pilgrim to the Catholic Holy Land (Climbing) (3 hours)

Donggosa ▶ Chimyeongjasan ▶ Seungamsan ▶ The site of the old palace of King Kyeonwon

▶ Seonhwangsa Site ▶ Cemetery of the Military and the Police

6 Course: Jeonju’s Heritage of Fighting for the Country (Climbing) (3 hours)

Namgosan Fortress ▶ Namgosa ▶ Cheongyeongdae ▶ Mangyeongdae ▶ Eokgyeongdae ▶ Gwanwangmyo ▶ Chonggyeongsa
Gaeksa

Pungnammun

Gyeonggi Jeon

Tourist Information Center

Jeondong Cathedral

Nambu Market

Donghak Revolution Memorial Hall

Choi Myeong-hi Literature Hall

Hakin Theater

Gang Am Calligraphy Gallery

Dongrakwon

Asehyeon


Sulyewon

Hanok Living Experience Center

Traditional Liquor Musuem

Seunggwangje

Traditional Crafts Studio

Oriental Herb Culture Center

Jeonju Traditional Han Ji Center

Mokuhyeon

Libera Hotel

Tourist Information Center of Hanok Village

Craftworks Exhibition Hall

Yangsaje


Myeongpum Hall

Jeonju Hyanggyo

Omokdae

Jeonju Traditional Culture Center



Enjoy sightseeing, entertainments and foods in the same place~!

【Jeonju Bibimbap Festival】

Nowadays the number of people who are interested in well-being and enjoy gourmandism is increasing, and thus Jeonju, the city of a good taste, will host a festival that flatters the senses. It will perform fusion cooking contest using traditional foods and food tours in Jeonju downtown to experience its popular restaurants’ menus. Also the restaurants are preparing for various events like selling foods at a discount, cooking experience, and the like. As a main venue, Hanok Village will raise the excitement of the festival with diversified culture and experience events
Festival Overview

�Event Name: Jeonju Bibimbap Festival

�Period: Oct. 22 ~ Oct. 25, 2009 (3 Days)

�Venue: Jeonju Hanok Village

�Sponsor: Jeonju City/ Pungnam Culture Inc.

Contents


�Opening

�Bibimbap Big Festival/ Hanok Kimjang Experience / Makgeolli Festival

�Planning Event: Food Tours of tasting Jeonju’s popular restaurants’ menus, Gourmet Party, Taste and Flavor Tour of 1000-year-old Jeonju, etc.

�Contest Event: Cooking Contest

�Exhibition∙ Sale Event: Promotion Booths of Jeonju’s popular restaurants, Tableware Exhibition, etc.

�Experience Event: Traditional Food Experience, Traditional Refreshments Experience, Traditional Liquor Experience, Traditional Banqueting House, Food Culture, Han Ji Crafts, et.

�Culture Event: Performance & Event
【Jeonju Han Ji Culture Festival】

Jeonju is the original home of Han Ji (Korean paper) that has made excellent Han Ji since ancient times and developed the Han Ji culture. Jeonju Han Ji has been used for diplomatic documents and letters for Kings since the Goryeo Dynasty and now Han Ji manufacturers of more than 50% of Korea are located in Jeonju. More than 70% of Seohwa Ji that constitutes 80% of the Han Ji market is produced in Jeonju and it is the number one city of Han Ji infrastructure, developing and inheriting Han Ji culture. It has held Korea Han Ji Craft Contest and Jeonju Han Ji Culture Festival every year to let the public know about the excellence and beauty of Han Ji, which was the 13th this year.


Festival Overview

�Slogan: “The Light and Scent of Jeonju Han Ji”

�Period: May 2 (Sat) ~ May 5 (Tue), 2009

�Venue: Parking Place of Gyeonggi Jeon / Jeonju Hanok Village

Contents

�The 15th Korea Han Ji Craft Contest

�Han Ji Industrial Hall / Han Ji Fashion Show

�Products Exhibition of Han Ji Costume

�Han Ji Craft Experience

�Han Ji Dipping Up Experience

�Han Ji Parade

�Han Ji Papering, Drawing Contest on Han Ji

�Parade of Han Ji Lighting
Flattering the senses~! Jeonju’s foods that attract visitors~!

If you feel the 1000-year-old history at Hanok Village, this turn is to try the taste and scent of Jeonju. There are numerous restaurants and cafes with traditions and a cozy ambience in places. Korean traditional-style, home-style menus, and local foods taste the refined flavors of the head family’s daughters-in-law. When sitting at the cafes full of green tea fragrance, everyone becomes a romantic poet. After you walk around Hanok Village, let your senses try Jeonju’s flavors with food tours there. You will again become intoxicated with the placidity and the tastes of Hanok Village.


【Jeonju Bibimbap】

Jeonju aims at unity, co-existence and harmony. Its representative taste is Bibimbap. It is said that a bowl of Bibimbap contains all kinds of balanced nutrition. Jeonju City is promoting its taste of Bibimbap by recently appointing Nyeon-im Kim of Family Assembly Hall as No.1 Master of Jeonju and Honamgak as No.1 Sights.


【Omogaritang】

Omogari is Jeonju’s dialect of ‘Ddukbaegi’. Jeonju’s Omogaritang is a sort of casserole that is made with catfish, mandarin fish or minnow at Omogari, and the restaurants near Hanbyeokru are famous for it. The Omogaritang is stewed, putting dried radish and cabbage leaves in the bottom with perilla seeds juice, grounded perilla seeds and various seasonings, and thus it tastes rich, thick, spicy and refreshing. It is also strongly recommended as a side dish.


【Jeonju Bean Sprouts Soup Mixed With Rice】

The origin of bean sprouts soup mixed with rice obviously came from Jeonju. Bean sprouts and cooked rice with various seasonings at a ddukbaegi (earthen bowl) are boiled and it is well matched with Moju (crude liquor). It is a representative menu of Jeonju, which is loved by everyone as its taste is simple and refreshing. The restaurants selling it are mainly located in Nambu Market, Jungang Market, Gyeongwondong and Junghwasandong and every restaurant in Jeonju are popular for its good taste.


【Jeonju Makgeolli】

The city of taste and flavor makes Jeonju Makgeolli and you can get drunk with its sweet taste, served with lots of side dishes and the hearts of the selling people. Jeonju Makgeolli is made from 100% pure mineral water so the unique taste of its ferment bacillus attracts wine lovers. You don’t have to pay for the various basic side dishes served with kettle of Makgeolli and whenever you order another kettle, you may have more special dishes.



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| Together with Foreign Tourists | ‘Cheongyecheon (Stream)’ to be revisited by Foreign Tourists

Bracing Place, ‘Cheongyecheon’ visited after shopping

by Maricon Basco-Ebron


Seoul is a place where you can really feel the dynamic spirit

I have been working as tourism director and attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Korea for 19 months. First impression of Seoul was that it looked similar to Manila.

I have traveled a lot while working at various departments of the Philippines Government for 29 years.

Seoul is a place where you can really feel the dynamic spirit. Especially, I often visit the Cheongyecheon, where I can see many of the city's residents with the powerful sound of running water. As I am walking along the stream together with them, I feel very refreshed.

Another reason I love Cheongyecheon is that it has access to Kwangjang Market and Dongdaemun Market. When my friends and family visit Korea, I go shopping with them to the markets and come to the Cheongyecheon to see the night view. Sitting on the side leisurely and looking at the stream under lighting after buying very satisfactory articles make me feel happy and I want to recommend many other people to experience that feeling. Additionally, what appeals to me is that it is safe to walk around at night in Korea.

Need to actively promote the meaning of the Cheongyecheon

It is regrettable that my friends only regard the Cheongyecheon as a well-designed stream in the center of the city without seeing the data of its history, even though I explained its special meaning that it has been changed from the asphalt-paved road into the sights. If the meaning of the Cheongyecheon is promoted more actively, many foreigners will consider it to be more special. Also I wish many cafés and restaurants along the sides opened until later in the night, as this place is exceptional.

Actually, many Filipinos are staying in Korea and Korea is also the first trading country of the Philippines. Furthermore, 2009 is a meaningful year because it is a 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Korea and the Philippines. Our relationship will further be enhanced and in particular, future of the tourism sector is very promising.

I heard that Jongno-gu is a very special place with its old history and traditions. I wish there will be more opportunities to exchange the culture and have the mutual promotion programs between Jongno-gu and the tourism authority of the Philippines.
Maricon Basco-Ebron:

Tourism director and attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Korea

She started his career from the Philippines Foreign Ministry and has been working at the sectors of Tourism Promotions and international exchanges for 29 years and served as Vice Chairman of International Tourist Bureau from November 2007 to November 2008. Now he is working as a tourism director and attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Korea. She majored in Mass Communication and studied in Japan and can speak English, Japanese and French as professional tourism officer of the Philippines.
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| Popular Tourist Attraction | Jogyesa (Temple) Baeksong (Pine trees with white spots)

‘Jogyesa Baeksong’, live witness of the Buddhist history of Korea - Writing∙ Photos | by News Reporter Team of Tourism Division
Baeksong, pine tree that has been specially loved by our ancestors

Our ancestors liked wearing white clothes as much as they were called ‘the white-clad folk’. White represents sanctity as a clean and pure color. Thus there is a tree that has been specially loved by our ancestors. It is the very ‘Baeksong. In Jongno-gu, there are two Baeksongs of five designated as a precious natural treasure. One is the Jaedong Baeksong introduced in the last issue and the other is the Jogyesa Baeksong to be introduced in this issue.

Few people know that a tree with a grayish white trunk in front of Iljumun of the Jogyesa, head temple of Korean Buddhism, is the Jogyesa Baeksong which is designated as natural treasure No. 9. It is assumed that the Jogyesa Baeksong is about 500 years old, and there is no proof to support the history to the tree. It is not clear but it is said that the tree was planted by an envoy who frequently visited China.

The tree stands close to the side of Daeungjeon inside the Jogyesa’ yard and the height is 14m with the circumference of 1.85m. Originally, there were 7 branches from the height of 7m, but the blighted 4 branches toward the east were cut off and now the tree looks thin with only branches to the west left. The trunk below is filled up and the bark of Baeksong was drawn on the surface.

The stem of Baeksong was not white from the first. When it is young, its color is grayish blue and as it gets older its color is changing to grayish white with the bark peeled. It has a triangular-shaped leaf is monoecious, blossoms in spring and its pine cones are ripen in autumn of the following year.

The interesting thing is that a pine cone fallen from the Jogyesa Baeksong which a Buddhist planted in a flowerpot 30 years ago grew to be a 5m sized young tree in 2001. It was planted in front yard of the Jogyesa and is called ‘Baeksong Junior’ as a new attraction. The modern history of Korea that the Senior Baeksong had witnessed went through hardships and privations. I really wish the future the Junior Baeksong will look while its trunk is changing into white color will be promising and hopeful.


*How to find

Subway: Exit 2 of Jonggak Subway Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 6 of Anguk Subway Station, Subway Line 3, Exit 2 of Gwanghwamun Subway Station, Subway Line 5

Bus: Blue Colored-Bus 151, 172, 606/ Green Colored- Bus 1020, 0015, 0212, 1012, 7012, 7020

Gyeongbokgung, Jogyesa, Exit 2 of Jonggak Subway Station, Subway Line 1

Jongno Tower, Exit 6 of Anguk Subway Station, Subway Line 3, Insadong
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| Tour News |

Forum of Jongno Tourism Development for the future to gather constructive and diversified opinions
‘Forum of Jongno Tourism Development for the Future’ was successfully held on May 21 in the Jahamun Convention Center to discuss on pending issues of Jongno Tourism Industry and development plans and support the attracting activities of the in-bound tourism, together with major tourism organizations and tourism product planners.

More than 160 attendees came to this Forum including Mayor of Jongno-gu, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of District Committees, Members of District Committees, Korea Tourism Organization, Korea Association of Travel Agents, In-bound Travel Agents and journalists.

It began with a keynote address of ‘The position and role of Jongno Tourism to attract 12 million Seoul citizens’, followed by presentations about Jongno tourism checkup and revitalization plans like improvement for foreign tourists’ environments, during which the presenters and attendees discussed freely for 2 hours.

One of the presenters, Gi-yong Geum, an officer of Seoul Development Institute, attracted the audience’s attention with his opinion that Jongno should be designated as National Culture City in UNESCO's Memory of the world like Lubeck, Germany and Edinburgh, U.K. to enhance its tourism brand. Also he proposed a plan to run electric coin automobiles in four main palaces.

Professor Terrence D Henderson of Sungkyunkwan University whose presentation subject was ‘Monitoring Foreign Tourists to Jongno’, emphasized that the contents and accessibility of the tourism website should be improved for everybody to understand more easily and that it should be linked to the frequently visited Internet Websites like U-Tube, Facebook and the like to more effectively promote the Jongno Tourism. Besides, other various opinions were raised, such as the world bell festival or tourism slogan development.

On the other hand, some attendees from the travel agencies said that this forum held by Jongno-gu Office was a good idea, but a practical plan to support tourism product development right now would be more urgent.

In addition, the attendees made a FAM (Familiarization) Tour for one night two days, which provided them with a good opportunity to experience Jongno’s tourist attractions.

On the first day, they started from visiting Changdukgung (Palace), the world’s cultural heritage, and watched the world famous ‘JUMP’ performance based on oriental marshal, which went far beyond the popularity of ‘NANTA’, followed by visiting Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong. The attendees stayed the night at ‘Rakgojae’, Hanok Guesthouse in Bukchon Hanok Village and Somerset Palace Hotel.

On the second day, the course was to visit Changgyeonggung (Palace); Jongmyo, the world cultural heritage, Seoul Jewelry Cluster, Kwangjang Market, world tourist course and finally have lunch at the Palgakjeong of Bukak Skyway.

Jongno-gu Office announced that they would take this opportunity to complement the weak points in the Jongno tourism industry; improve the environments of foreign tourists, enhance the Jongno tourism brand through medium-and-long-term plans and increase global competitiveness of Jongno as a tourist destination.



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| Tour News |

Jongno to knock the door of the world tourism market

Perform a FAM Tour with foreign buyers and attend Seoul Business Travel Mart.


Jongno-gu performed a FAM Tour with foreign buyers and attended the Seoul Business Travel Mart from June 2 to 4 (3 days). Jongno-gu participated in ‘2009 Seoul Tourism Awards’ that was sponsored by Seoul City and Seoul Tourism Marketing Inc., which was an excellent opportunity to promote Jongno’s main tourist attractions to tour operators who came from Japan, China, America, Europe, etc.

FAM Tour is a pre-exploration tour, aiming to invite travel agents and the press to promote new tourist attractions or products and to encourage new product development and Jongno-gu targeted foreigners for the first attempt as the local authority.

FAM Tour that was taken on June 2 consisted of half-day course linked to Jongno’s major sights, targeting about 40 tour operators from Japan and China.

Chinese buyers were introduced the Changdukgung, traditional experience in Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul Jewelry Cluster and Kwangjang Market while Japanese buyers were showed Samcheongdong, newly acknowledged tourist attraction, and Bukchon Hanok Village that already became popular for the drama shooting site of ‘Winter Sonata’. Furthermore, Jongno-gu actively promoted Jongno’s tourist attractions and products while attending Seoul Business Travel Mart. This event was held at the Shilla Hotel with 50 tourism firms of Seoul and 70 in-bound travel agencies overseas, and Jongno-gu made a promotion booth to promote the tourism products to buyers of 59 companies from 40 countries in man to man way and played the promotion video. These FAM Tour and participation in the Travel Mart gave Jongno-gu an opportunity to directly promote its tourism products to overseas tourism related people and the major press. Jongno-gu will continue to make this kind of tourism marketing occasion and develop attractive tourism goods to let the world know about Jongno as a global powerful destination.


Signed an agreement on culture∙ tourism exchanges

Jongno-gu signed an agreement on culture∙ tourism exchanges with the Holt Children's Services Inc. on June 25, which had been discussed since the end of February. From now on, when about 2,000 international adoptees and their families involved with the Holt come to Korea, they will visit Jongno-gu first, and Jongno-gu will provide them with the services of its culture∙ tourism facilities at a discount, e.g. Hanok Living Experience Center, museums, hotels, theaters, etc.

Exemplary tour that was performed with a Norwegian group on April 5 was supported by the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea, so it was even more meaningful event.

This agreement will allow the Holt to inform the families of international adoptees about Korea in a friendlier way through cultural properties and tradition experience center, and Jongno-gu will have various effects on promotion, tourism development, local economic revitalization, etc.


Holt Children's Services Inc. is a social welfare organization that operates diversified welfare programs such as domestic and international adoptions, services for children, single parents and foster care preservation, with support of organizations∙ volunteers and foster parents of the world.
Jongno Tour leads to the Internet.

‘Open Jongno Online Tour Café’


Jongno-gu opened Online Tour Café, which introduces/shares Jongno’s interesting attractions, to go beyond the limit of simply guiding the tourism resources to visitors. Jongno Tour Café, another open space, is differentiated from the existing websites that share various travel information around ‘Tour’ online, and is accessible via many routes when searching necessary information for Jongno Tours.

It is expected to be welcomed to visitors to Jongno-gu, as its tour information can be shared through more user-friendly and interesting contents. At the moment, it is recruiting the 1st Jongno honorary reporters to commemorate the Tour Café open. Everyone who loves Jongno and traveling as a member of the Café can apply for the position, and the selected reporter group will be given the highest authority as the Café operators to play a role in the Café management and promotion. Also the reporters’ ideas will be reflected when facilitating Jongno-gu’s tourism business. You can become a member of the Jongno Tour Café by searching ‘There is everything in Jongno’ at the portal searching engine ‘NAVER’.


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| Culture events of this month |

Jongno in harmony with traditions and modern styles! Taking photos of Jongno
2009 Jongno Tour Photo Fare to be held

Jongno-gu is going to hold a ‘Jongno Tour Photo Fare’ from the middle of June to the end of October (4 months) with Olympus Korea Ltd., a manufacturer specialized in cameras, to develop Jongno’s fresh and colorful tour images. This event intended for Jongno’s mainly promoting attractions consists of photographers´ visit to the sights, photo contest and photo exhibition, and offers various premiums including a total prize of 10 million won and cameras.

This Fare is expected to produce synergy effects differently from the existing photo contests, as it can secure a great number of photos of Jongno’s tourist locations that Jongno-gu wish to promote in priority. You will see further detailed information either on the Jongno-gu or Olympus Hompage.
Naksan Musical Performance with a cheerful and beautiful melody as well as a deep impression

Why don’t you make nice memories every weekend with outdoor musical performances in Naksan Park with a scenic night view?

It begins at 7:30pm every Friday and Saturday, and consists of permanent performance of an orchestra with three teams including the clarinets and violins, and a fringe-type performance that everyone can play with a prior application.
� Orchestra Permanent Performance

Time: 7:30pm Every Friday and Saturday during July ~ September

6:30pm Every Friday and Saturday during October

Venue : Outdoor Stage of Naksan Park

� Performance Application

Everyone who wants to perform can apply to the Management Office of Namsan Park (Tel. 3783-5943)

� How to find

Exit 2 of Hyehwa Subway Station → Marronnier Park → Handok Pharmacy → an uphill way to the park


Film Festival that all family can enjoy together!

The 11st Seoul International Youth Film Festival

The 11st Seoul International Youth Film Festival will be held at Seoul Movie Theater and Jongno area for July 9 – July 15 (one week), starting with the opening ceremony at Sejong Center. Let’s begin the cool summer by attending the Film Festival with family and friends.

� Opportunities to see diversified and excellent movies about the youth growing up and family!

There will play various movie worlds such as Domestic∙ international long∙ short, animation, and documentary films based on family and growing up. Especially the festival will be featuring Korean films of the 1970s-80s on a growth topic and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s works as a retrospective play. In addition, you will see nominated short films based on the youth, films made by the youth and preliminary sponsored works.

� Screen Kids of the world to gather around Jongno!! Seoul International Youth Film Camp to be held

Seoul International Youth Film Camp will be held in Jongno, where more than 100 youths from about 20 countries of the world will make short films on their own through the professional producing training. It consists of diversified programs including popular directors and actors’ special lectures and culture experience.

� Communication time through World Youth Film Festival!! Education Forum of International Visual Media

This year staffs in charge of visual media and film education fields from many countries including South Africa and Australia will attend as presenters to introduce Youth/Children Film Festivals and discuss visual cultures and media education programs. Anyone can attend with a prior application.

� Be set free from July’s heat wave!! SIYFF, Jongno Street Festival

Makeshift stage will be set up so that a colorful street festival can be performed. Exciting events and entertainments everyone can enjoy will let you feel the charm of Seoul International Youth Film Festival!

Inquiry: Tel. 02-731-1184 (Tourism Division of Jongno-gu Office)



Tel. 02-775-0501 (Administration Office of Seoul International Youth Film Festival)

Homepage: www.siyff.com Ticket Price: 5,000 won (Jongno-gu residents at 30% discount)

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