Itineraries Seoul

A day in Seosulla-gil, Seoul’s historical trail

Seosulla: A must when you visit Seoul!

Seosulla-gil Road runs through Jongno-gu and is known as Seoul’s Historical Literary Trail. Seosulla-gil is divided into eastern and western sections. Dongsulla-gil is the eastern section and Seoseulla-gil is the street’s western section.

Today, i will be taking you on a tour around this beautiful area full of history which has so much to offer.

To begin with, I would like to introduce you to the most beautiful palace in Korea:

Changdeokgung Palace

Known as the Secret Garden, It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. To that extent, the UNESCO recognized it as a world cultural heritage in 1997.

This place felt unreal. I am glad I could enjoy the last autumn leaves. Thus, i highly recommend to come during this season or in March to see the cherry blossoms. Or if you prefer to see it under the snow, here are some pictures.

This place is located inside the Changdeokgung Palace. Had a lovely afternoon and the guide was really nice and funny. There were not many people do my friend and I could take our time.
Note that to get to this palace you first have to purchase the entrance to Changdeokgung Palace.

Note that you need a guide to enter the Secret garden, the entry is 5,000KRW and its preferable to make a reservation.

Entrance fee: General Admission (Changdeokgung Palace Building Areas Only) 3000 KRW

I learned many things and felt transported back in the days . Did you know that their life expectancy back then was 47years, that’s crazy. We also passed through a gate called Bulromun which is said to bless you with good health and longevity.

As you walk around, the tour guide gives you a glimpse of history in every corner.

Besides ancient history, the guide also showed us a part that was the filming location of Netflix hit drama ‘Kingdom’.

Attractions in Seosulla-gil

Daegaksa temple

While walking around you can come across this temple located not far from Changdeokgung Palace. Daegaksa temple, Buddhist temple founded in 1911 by Yongseong Seunim. It is quite impressive when you come closer to it.

Food and coffee in Seosulla-gil


Moving on in our tour, there are various restaurants in the area from traditional to modern ones. I highly recommend this little restaurant called ‘Oh lala Paris’. It mainly has french cuisine with a cozy vibe.

I tried their onion soup and ratatouille, both very delicious. They also have deserts and cafe menu.

Check out their instagram page for more information.

Coffee anyone

You can find cute little coffee shops around the area, i suggest you try 앞으로의빵집.

You can enjoy a coffee with freshly baked cakes. As soon as you enter you’ll be hit by the tempting smell of the bakery.

How to get to Seosulla-gil?

Now that you know about Seosulla-gil, all you need is to know how to get there:

  • Anguk Station (subway line 3) exit 4, roughly 5 min. away on foot
  • Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (subway lines 1, 3, 5) exit 7, roughly 5 min. away on foot

🇩🇿 Djedouani Amina

Your local guide for hidden gems in Korea. Foodie and coffee lover, let me introduce you to my favorite places in town.