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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...more
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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045, South Korea
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an impressive and large gate into the palace and best seen during the changing of the guard every hour between 10 AM and 3 PM each day.It was built in 1395 but destroyed during a Japanese invasion in 1592, and rebuilt in 1867....More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the many traditional and historical gates of the city that welcomes you to the past while standing in the middle of the modern technology of the present

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank JnSdoe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This traditional Korean palace gate, with a distant-mountain backdrop, remained our objective as we ambled North on Gwanghwamun Square. We had come to see Gyeongbokgung Palace, the most important during the Joseon Dynasty, and this main and largest gate to the complex was how we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rumples
Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

The gates of the palace, good for photos and specially if you can catch the guards ceremony and changing hours. Check the schedule before coming.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank emmgee8
Reviewed 4 September 2019

The Gwanghwamun Gate is on of the most popular gates in Seoul. All of the gates have an own and unique story which you can figure out.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 September 2019

It's just a gate as part of the larger Gyeongbokgung Palace. It's an impressive structure to behold.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Mattwithahew
Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

This is the main gate into the grand palace. While most of these gates look similar, this main gate is impressive. It prepares you to expect the greatness inside.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Itravel0ne
Reviewed 15 August 2019

Gwanghwamun is the main gate for the royal palace. Changing of the guard occurs here. A fine piece of Korean architecture.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jane C
Reviewed 11 July 2019 via mobile

I was very impressed by this massive, ceremonial entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace. When I first arrived I thought there was a row of mannequins dressed as imperial guards, but they are real! They stands so still, honestly it's quite remarkable. The gate is beautiful when...More

Date of experience: July 2019
3  Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 1 July 2019

This is the southern gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace and is the main entrance to the palace. It has 3 arched gates. Formerly, the centre gate was used by the king, while the other two were used by crown prince and royal officials. Upon entering the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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I believe it happens every hour starting at 10am.