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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 3 weeks ago

Difficult to find, which is surprising, as its overshadowed by adjacent buildings but great for photographs

Thank rbuckell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was roaming around and stumbled upon this place on accident. Wasn't much happening the day we went, but was nice to see it and get a few photos.

Thank Justin B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love historical places, this is a great stop for you. Seoul has a lot of these historical stand-alone buildings but each one is slightly different and unique.for me it was worth visiting. I love to learn how people have been making Beautiful things...More

Thank Scottloves2golf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s the gate to the palace, good place for photography and its on main street with statures and many coffee shops and restaurants.

Thank Sami A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is a standalone building leftover from the past. There may be some historical importance but it is nothing special.

Thank Felix3105
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Admire the beautiful architecture. And learn about it's history. It's a quick walk from train stations around Jongno. You're not going to miss it. You can watch the changing of the guards at 10 am and 2pm year round (If I am not mistaken).

Thank JanMichael_24
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We came round to this main gate after exiting a side gate where lots of tourist buses were waiting, when we had finished exploring Gyeongbokgung palace. There were guards in colourful costumes guarding the entrance. This gate was right in front of Gwanghwamun square and...More

Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This experience gives a flavour of ancient Korea meeting the modern world. Young youths dress up in traditional Korean costumes and have pictures taken outside this beautiful setting. It is a stunning and beautiful sight to behold. The changing of the guard is a colourful...More

Thank Bucketlist_mission66
Reviewed 27 August 2017

You can see the traditional guard here and their change. Also through here, you get to the palace and park behind.

Thank CirilB
Reviewed 25 August 2017

We went to see the gate under the night lights. But it turns out it was open at night. Absolutely beautiful and maybe because there's wasn't many people, more so. Something to be said about something so old and then having cars driving back and...More

Thank Thao D
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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Mika S
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