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In Gwanghwamun Square there are two statues, one of which is of King Sejong, who reigned from 1418 - 1450 when he died. This statue is illuminated at night and you should see it then if you are in the area.
Sejong emperor is one of the most respected emperors in Korea. It was he who created Hangul, Korean characters. Nowadays everyone uses it, but at that time his action was protested by many Confucian schoolers, who used Chinese characters.
I don’t exactly know why but this place is definitely the one that I prefer in this world.
Being in front of this statue, close to the palace (and nature) and at the same time, being rounded by buildings.. amazing
We were walking towards the Gyeongbukgong Palace to watch the changing of the guards when we came to a huge momument of a well known person in South Korea, the Statue of Sejong the Great.
We did not waste time and started clicking for souvenir...More
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King Sejong is great king in Korea history. The King sejong made Korean alphabet, Hangeul, the most scientific letter. The statue was landmark in this area with the statue of Yi Sun-sin. There was good museum under this statue, and must...More
Just a quick pass by the statue for a photo. It could have been better if the stage behind it (there was a concert the night before) was not there. So that the palace gates would be visible in pictures
The King Sejong Statue is located at the centre of Gwanghawmun Square. This is a grand square that is located in front of the Gwanghwamun Gate.
The king is best remembered for the Korean alphabet which he invented. He was a wise king who led...More
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.