Jeongdong Observatory is great for three reasons: 1) It's FREE, 2) It provides a fantastic view of Deoksugung Palace from above, and 3) It is usually not swarming with hordes of people.
Many people don't know about Jeongdong Observatory. In case you are one of those people, here is a quick rundown.
It is the 13th floor of the Seoul Metropolitan Government's Seosomun Building 1, and it provides a pretty good view of Deoksugung (palace) and nearby City Hall.
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Jeongdong Observatory is a viewing area on the 13th floor or a city building that primarily offers views to its north. That includes Deoksugung and City Hall. The mountains forming Seoul's northern boundary can also be seen between the intermediary buildings.
It is open on weekends and public holidays between 9:00 and 6:00.
First, make your way to Deoksugung. It can be easily reached from City Hall Station on Lines 1 and 2.
When facing Deoksugung's main entrance, walk down the small street to your left. The name of the street is Doldam-gil. It is a very picturesque street to casually stroll down. The Seoul Metropolitan Government's Seosomun Building 1 will appear almost immediately on the left. Go in this building using the side entrance, and then take the elevator up to the 13th floor.
Free. Pretty sweet deal, huh?
Why? I mean, why go here instead of N Seoul Tower, the 63 Building, or some other taller observation point?
That's a good question. How's this for an answer: you'd be foolish not to visit here!
Also, it is free. It is rarely overcrowded. It provides a much more interesting view of a palace than one that people see. It is easily accessible. Those are just a few reasons.
There is a small cafe in the observatory. As such, this is a great place to stop and rest when doing a bit of sightseeing in Seoul. If it is an especially hot or cold day, and you need a break from the weather, drop into Jeongdong Observatory. Grab a hot/cold drink, and recharge your batteries while enjoying a nice view of the city.
Seriously? Did you not see what is just above the last heading?
Kids Fun In Seoul has a useful page, too.
While you're in the area, check out Jeongdong Park. It's not big, but it provides a few interesting landmarks of note.