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Seodaemun-guSeoul

Discover the place where the Great West Gate of Hanyang once stood in what is now a surprisingly diverse outer suburb of Seoul.

Seodaemun-gu, just northwest of the Seoul city center, shows you a very different side of modern, bustling Seoul. Visit the natural history museum, a historic prison, the Bongwon Temple and the oldest train station in Seoul. Get some downtime by a babbling stream and on a forest-clad mountain.

Seodaemun means “Great West Gate” in Korean. This “gu” (district) was once home to one of the gates of the walled Joseon capital of Hanyang. Today, Seodaemun District is a pleasant residential area with a wide range of heritage attractions and leisure activities.

While Seodaemun is the name of a station on subway line 5, head for the Hongje station or Dongnimmun station instead to see the main sights.

Seodaemun-gu is home to Mount Ansan. Standing just 967 feet (295 meters) tall and with trees providing ample shade, it’s a nice place to go for a hike. You’ll be joining the locals, who regularly exercise here among the wild flowers, pine trees and cherry blossom trees. A track called Jarak-gil loops around the mountain and offers different views of Seoul on every turn. Take in the sea of skyscrapers, which stretches as far as the eye can see. Once at the summit, stand by the stone Ansan Beacon Mound to see Seoul Tower on Namsan Mountain.

Don’t miss the Seodaemun Museum of Natural History, just to the west, and the Bongwon Buddhist Temple with a lotus garden on the mountain’s southern slope.

Hongjecheon Stream, a tributary of the Hangang River, flows through the neighborhood and is best reached from Hongje station. Admire its musical fountain and waterfall and follow its walking paths.

Seodaemun Independence Park, built on the former Seoul Gochiso (Detention Camp), is home to the towering Dongnimmun (Independence) Gate. Next door, visit the Seodaemun Prison History Hall to learn more about the Japanese Colonial Era.

For something more uplifting, go fashion shopping in the streets surrounding the old Sinchon Railway Station, Seoul’s first train station.This is also the area of Seodaemun-gu where you’ll find the more trendy cafés, attracting the students of the Ehwa Women’s University.


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Swiss Grand Hotel (Old Name Grand Hilton Seoul)
Swiss Grand Hotel (Old Name Grand Hilton Seoul)
5 out of 5
353 Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, ICN
The price is £91 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb

This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Yeonsei University and Gyeongui Line Forest Park. Hongik University ...

3.9/5Very Good! (341 reviews)

"Was great, this time much better because there is now 24h open convinient store in the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

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Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
3.5 out of 5
7, Sinchonnyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is £69 per night from 25 Feb to 26 Feb

Located in Shinchon, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yeonsei University and Ewha Woman's University. Hongik University and Lotte Outlets - Seoul Station ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,698 reviews)
Amazing front desk and great service

"Amazing experience at ever8, amazing people running the place, nice and kind. I spent my 14 day quarantine leriod there. They provided everhthing for 14 days, and they keep calling me to make sure i am ok and safe and if in need of anything. Such an amazing people."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
The Grand Suite
The Grand Suite
4 out of 5
353, Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is £165 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan

Located in Seodaemun-gu, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hongik University and Ewha Woman's University. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (59 reviews)
Specious Home.

"Specious home for family and quiet surroundings. Beyond my expectations."…"

Reviewed on 9 May 2018

The Grand Suite
BoA travel house
BoA travel house
2 out of 5
15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
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Located in Shinchon, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Trickeye Museum and Hongik University. Ewha Woman's University and YG Entertainment Building ...

4.3/5Excellent! (314 reviews)

"The room was pleasant and cozy. It had everything we needed. The stuff was very nice and friendly and the area around was pretty good."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019

BoA travel house
Time Travelers Party Hostel In Hongdae
Time Travelers Party Hostel In Hongdae
2 out of 5
11, Yeonhui-ro 2-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
The price is £33 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in Shinchon, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Trickeye Museum and Hongik University. Ewha Woman's University and YG Entertainment Building are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (20 reviews)
Decent, but don’t expect more

"Service ok, Cleanliness ok, everything just ok"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

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YH GuestHouse - Hostel
YH GuestHouse - Hostel
2.5 out of 5
87, Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, 2F, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £30 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in Seodaemun-gu, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Yeonsei University, Hongik University and Ewha Woman's University. YG Entertainment Building ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
Great find!

"The guesthouse was really comfortable. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. They have a lovely rooftop for guests to use. I loved the location. There is a bus stop right in front of the guesthouse. There is a convenience store right next to it, and wonderful restaurants behind it."…"

Reviewed on 22 May 2019

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