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Gwanghwamun Gate

161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045, 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 03045, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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"king sejong"
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"guard changing ceremony"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This spectacular gate is the main gate to Gyeongbokgung Palace, it is quite beautiful to see from afar and close up, it is not as old as it looks. A gate has been present at the front of the palace since 1395, but unfortunately there...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved starting here then heading to the shopping street. It's huge and majestic. I hadn't seen the castles yet, so this impressed me maybe more than it should. Kind of a pain you have to cross the street to get there, but well worth...More

Thank Tamara B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This gate is located at the South end of Gyeongbokgung Palace and where the guards are stationed for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. There is no admission fee to pass through the Gwanghwamun Gate to observe the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. You do...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place for your family to take pictures of this grand gate of the past. It is beautiful to look at and unfortunately you're not allowed up.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For sure a stunning landmark from Seoul ... it the main entrance for the Palace. It has all details of a heritage attraction, also is well located so you'd like to spend time around the district.

Thank Eduardo B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The southern gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Some parts such as a banner, roofs and paçade might be old, probably. But, it looked quite new overall. I would've liked it better if bricks looked old. The southern and the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Lots of...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Understand that there are several sessions for the ceremony for changing of the guards. We were here at about noon and managed to caught the ending. Not sure what would be the right time to come.

Thank Khiam Yeong H
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

The gate connecting the palace with the Gwanghwamun square - this gate is similar to hundreds others. Nothing too great about it but I liked these Korean gates built at a lot of places. Shows the history of Korea though they seem to have been...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

At night it looks amazing, it was very close from the place i was staying in, so I looked every night.

Thank DGY86
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Night and Day You should go early in morning To the the guards parade It s really unusual , via this gate you have access to the first courtyard of the Palace

Thank ksarman
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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
...More
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