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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 17 June 2017

Great place to take photos but that's about it. However, should come to this place to take pictures as it is one of the popular places to take photos.

Thank timoshym
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Right next to the market, so thought we'd have a look. We were fortunate to see a changing of the guards: very formal, yet fascinating, and no crowds. Awe inspiring.

Thank Monica282
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Nice place which shows you the history of the Korea like old days and really nice to visit all the time

Thank amooali
Reviewed 3 June 2017

It's an impressive and grand gate that leads you into a huge square and into the palace. If taking photos of imperial guards is your thing, then this is where you can go to. You may also catch the changing of guards times.

Thank Companion4thejourney
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Gwanghwamun gate is a part of Gyeongbok gung palace. Ceremony was made at near the gate. This should be visited as the part of Gyeongbok-gung palace, not separately.

Thank eunylee
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Not a lot to see but still a must see as it stands among modern skyscrapers, a strange contrast and a national treasure and

Thank Riki747
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is the main gate direct to Gyeongbokgung (palace). Go through there is an offer combination ticket that include 4 palaces and 1 shirne for visiting, price as 10,000 won.

Thank SIRI A
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Gwanghwamun Gate play important role in Korean history and I am not the tour guide to tell you stories here. At the same time I can tell you that it is still worth to pass by to make some photos, especially taking into consideration that...More

Thank DmitryStPetersburg
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Beautiful gate during day as well as night when it is so nicely lighted. During the day, the guards in they colorful outfits are something to see.

Thank Kasia Z
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I can't imagine anyone going here jus for the gate. It's the entrance to the palace and where the changing of the guard takes place. The inspection of the guard is fun to watch.

Thank Quindaelin
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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