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[Observatory of Love #2] The Seoul You May Not Know, Jeongdong Observatory

By SeoulStoryMaster 2020-01-03
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Jeongdong was once a space for foreigners. 

As the foreigners gathered together, the culture developed rapidly. 

A lot of international exchange took place, new culture came in, and it played a big role in Korean modern history.


Even if you go to Jeong-dong now, you might still get a unique feeling. 

The palace remains near the clean roads and winding alleys, but the stylish buildings coexist.

The place where you can see this mysterious beauty at a glance is Jeongdong Observatory.



On the way to Jeongdong Observatory, there are many places you can tour while taking a short walk.

It would be good if you could make the time to go inside Deoksugung Palace, 

but just walking around the stone wall next to it is also a fulfilling experience.


By sundown, you can sometimes encounter unexpected gift-like moments such as people busking.






Out from exit 12 at City Hall, you will see a sign explaining the location of Jeongdong Observatory. 

Following the sign, there will a building on the left, which called Seosomun Office. 

It is located in the alley, so you need to carefully look for the building while you walk through.





Once inside the building, go to the right and you will see the entrance. 

Follow the signs to guide you to the Jungdong Observatory, 

take the elevator and go to the 13th floor, and you are there!


The view from the large windows is not modern and fancy like other Observatories, 

but it is remarkably beautiful.





In particular, the scenery overlooking Deoksugung Palace offers a charm different from the lights of the city.

The Deoksugung building viewed from the observatory are the sleeping chambers of the Emperor Gojong, 

Hamnyeongjun, and the oldest of the modern buildings in Deoksugung, Jeonggwan-heon, Seokdang, 

the Jukjo-dang, and the main hall of the palace, which held important national ceremonies, Junghwajun, Sukjojun, etc.


It would be hard to remember everyone, 

but it's interesting to enjoy a calm night view that is so different from the Seoul’s, 

which is filled with yellow, bright lights.






At the Jeongdong Observatory, 

there is a small cafe called “Darak Café”, so you can enjoy the night view conveniently, 

drinking beverages on hot or cold days. Sit in a chair along the wall and watch the darkness sink in.

The night view also gives a unique and comfortable feeling, 

just like the unique feeling of the place itself, Jeongdong.



 


The night view ends in an unfamiliar harmony with the palace in front 

and the light from the buildings that are never be turned off, even during the deep night.


If you want a night view spot where you can sit comfortably without being cold or sweaty, 

go to the Jeongdong Observation Deck, where you can enjoy a special night view without going up high. 


Isn’t this the only night view spot that shows the palace?


Perhaps you will encounter the strange excitement of a view you have never seen before.





Jeongdong Observatory

Weekdays 09 ~ 21: 00 Saturdays & Holidays 09 ~ 18: 00

Seosomun Government Building 1, elevator only (# 3)

Call 120 without a prefix





Written by Freelance Writer 


Ryu Min Jung


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