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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

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

Thank Felix3105
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 August 2017

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 29 July 2017

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 28 July 2017 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 22 July 2017

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
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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