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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 weeks ago

A beauftiful gate with nice traditional architecture. Most of the time you can see the traditional Korean guards around the gate where you can take photos with. They have at certain times a change of guards ceremony.

Thank nldogbert
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have walked past this gate many times, also entered it a few times. It is a landmark in town, looks good and some activities around it.

Thank Jon L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. The largest and also the most beautiful and Majestic with the mountains in the background. Don't miss the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Guard Duty Ceremony twice a day. You can see the reenactment of palace...More

Thank Russ L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great site to see. A long way down the boulevard prepares for the approach. And it is a not to miss site.

Thank Jochen-v-S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This ancient gate leads to the palace. It is where you can snap pictures with the guards after they do their change of guard parade. Don't forget to snap pictures with the unicorns outside the gate. They looked similar to the Chinese Lions guarding the...More

Thank Gideon_Lin
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This gate leads to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Just outside across there's flea market that has a stall that sells Hanbok at really cheap prices. So before entering Gyeonbokgung or any palace, drop by this place!

Thank coriks65
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Going through the Gwanghwamun Gate is like entering a time machine into another period.... the Joseon Dynasty era. The gate blends in perfectly in between the ancient Gyeongbokgung Palace and the modern buildings and plaza across the wide busy boulevard. The area around the gate...More

Thank Herbert C
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Magnificent structure dominating the square. The guards make it a wonderful spectacle. Make sure you return at night as beautifully illuminated. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

So grand! It also has a good mountain background! Those fascinated with Asian (Korean) history will have a delight.

Thank Cams R
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Part of the palace behind it so make sure you go in this way. The guard changes here so don't miss the show!

Thank 55Mako75
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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