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Gwanghwamun Gate

161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-3700-3901
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This gate was constructed in 1395 as the main entrance from the majestic Sejong Boulevard into Kyongbuk Palace. Three arched gates and a two-story pavilion are typical of the architectural design of that period. Completely reconstructed after years of conflict and falling into disrepair, it is now made of modern concrete and steel. It presently serves as a secondary entrance to Kwanghwamun Park.
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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-3700-3901
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The gate is huge and grand and such a contrast to the high rises surrounding it. Don't miss the guard changing ceremony and do visit Gyeongbokgung Palace too.

Thank JamieTanBK
Reviewed 4 days ago

Few hundred meters away from Tosokchon Samgyetang. We decide to go in have a visit after for a late lunch at Tosokchon Samgyetang. I was an eye opening experience if you are first time visiting to these kind of ancient city. It's big, we spent...More

Thank FB-MY
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is the main gate of the palace. It's full of tourist and too crowded for my taste. I just took some photos and watched the changing of the guards then left.

Thank deej994
Reviewed 1 week ago

one of the entrances to geongbukgong palace. here is where the changing of palace guard takes place. King Sejong and General Yi SunShin statue is just opposite

Thank macc20
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the iconic gate of the Gyeongbokgung palace. Watch out for the change of guards and the procession being held here in different times of the day. Closed on Tuesdays.

Thank wenlong3788
Reviewed 1 week ago

While there is no shortage of attractions around Gwanghwamun, you shouldn't miss the gate to it all.

Thank George N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Experience walking through the gates before entering the palace and it will take your breathe away. Highly recommended to witness the changing of the guards at 11AM.

Thank rondm40
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gate is the main gate of the Gyeongbukgung Palace. It was founded by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty in the late 14th century. They say that it translates to “may the light of enlightenment cover the world.” The gate is made of...More

Thank Mazmannan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are literally just looking at a huge gate in this place. You can spend your time here for 15mins to 30mins. Nothing much to see here.

Thank Alex_de_Guzman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun part of a visit to the palace, as it offers the guards wearing traditional garb and carrying swords and spears. They do a fun little changing of the guard ceremony periodically, which is also neat. Worth a stop for sure!

Thank Saurav G
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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
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