Do you like observatory?! I am a big fan of observation deck! Whenever I go travel to a city, I get excited about visiting any observation deck available in that city. I normally spend about 2 hours at the observation deck when I travel alone. Most of my friends don’t understand why I love visiting observatory because the tickets are normally not that cheap, and of course, how can I spend 2 hours looking at the same thing? 🙂
At some places, admission to the observatory is free, for example: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks, but usually, you need to buy an admission ticket to enter the observation deck.
In Seoul, there are a few observation decks that you may visit. Most of them charge a fee for admission, but there is one observatory that is FREE! YES, you read it correctly. It’s FREE. Check out the list of observatory in Seoul below:
- Namsan Seoul Tower (Admission Fee – KRW10,000. Get discounted ticket from Klook – N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul)
- 63 Building Observatory (Admission Fee – KRW13,000 . Get discounted ticket from Klook – 63 Building Observatory Admission Ticket)
- Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky Observatory (Admission Fee – KRW 27,000)
- Jeongdong Observatory – FREE
So, yes, the admission to Jeongdong Observatory is totally FREE. Jeongdong Observatory is located on the 13th Floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building and is overlooking Deoksugung Palace. Although the observation deck is just on the 13th floor, you don’t really get a grand view of Seoul city but the view here is pretty amazing, especially during Autumn.
This year, I visited Jeongdong Observatory a little late and it seems like some leaves were falling down already, so my photos didn’t turn out as nice and colourful as my friend’s photos. Nonetheless, I managed to see this breathtaking Autumn scenery and very beautiful view of Deoksugung Palace & around Seoul City Hall area. The best time to visit Jeongdong Observatory is probably around the last week of October to first week of November, when the leaves have changed into red, orange or yellow (and before they fall off the trees).
How many hours can I spend in Jeongdong Observatory? I wouldn’t mind coming here a few times, and spend 1 hour on each visit. Haha! What to do in Jeongdong Observatory other than looking at the view? There is a cafe called Cafe Darak at this observation deck. Grab a cup of hot coffee or tea, take a window seat, and enjoy the awesome autumn view of Seoul City Hall and Deoksugung Palace. The drinks are quite cheap in Cafe Darak. Check out their menu below.
Jeongdong Observatory (정동전망대)
15, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2
Check out my youtube video about Jeongdong Observatory! 🙂