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Dongdaemun Gate

Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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Address: 288, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03119, South Korea
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witnessing the history of Seoul/Korea!

Touted as Korean National Treasure #1 동대문 - 흥인지문 is 1 of the 8 gates protecting ancient Seoul City Wall, what we see now is the Gate w/o the fortress Walls (collapsed or damaged... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing view in the middle of the city. Beautiful at night. Great for some pictures. Lots of places to eat around

Thank Samuel D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Witnessing the history of Seoul in the middle of the bustling square is priceless. The gate's design is brilliant and the marks of history and war are overwhelming. The challenge is to take a photo with no traffic.

Thank ShereefIbrahim
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Touted as Korean National Treasure #1 동대문 - 흥인지문 is 1 of the 8 gates protecting ancient Seoul City Wall, what we see now is the Gate w/o the fortress Walls (collapsed or damaged). Also known as the East Gate (Heunginjimon) the gate has a semi-circular protective wall (to protect the gate!). The gatehouse is a two-story building and the... More 

Thank J&S_Singapore
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chanced upon the Dongdaemun Gate on the way to the night markets and Design Museum. It's beautifully lighted at night. It was drizzling and a bit cold that's why we didn't have time to go up close and check the facade. It's a must see in the area especially at night.

Thank Tin_Manila
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Dongdaemun means east gate that is one of main four gates in seoul. People used to pass this gate to go to the capital in Chosun Period. It's close to tour the dongdaemun design Plaza, dongdaemun market and dongdaemun history & culture museum from the dongdaemun gate.

Thank LiketoeatCincinnati
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

A perfect place to take some pictures if you're having a morning city walk after a sumptuous breakfast, or during a free-and-easy period away from the tour. The gate is surrounded by convenient and food shops, a market and a very busy main street during weekdays so take care when you cross the road. There are places for kids to... More 

Thank Anthony C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Historical and inspirational gate, best of all, it sits in the middle of Seoul's hyper shopping heaven area. Take a break, take a look at the historical gate, especially at night has its own charm.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This gate is also known as the East Gate (Heunginjimon). It may be easily reached by taking subway Line 1 to Dongdaemun, and exit # 6. The rear of the gate is visible as soon as you are out of the subway. It is at a busy traffic intersection and pictures of the rear of the gate and the surrounding... More 

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Boulder City, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

you cant go in, but you can take some really nice pics. i recommend a video shot because it is cool to see the contrast between old and new coming together nicely. it is quite old, and lovely.

Thank Prinster A
Rowley Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

The oldest of the city gates with beautifully exposed city walls has been preserved with the 21st century road system built around it. Stands out loud and proud, adds lots of class to the area.

Thank Brian G

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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.
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