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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
161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045, South Korea
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Access is a bit complicated due to the heavy traffic at times but climb up the old rampart and you will be rewarded with great views. It has been beautifully restored and the gate looks amazing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peter_Bomberg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go to Seoul and miss this place your trip is worthless trust me there nothing like this awesome gate and temple

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FarisAlavi
Reviewed 11 November 2018

One of Seoul's best known sights. Impressive and definitely worth visiting. Definitely of interest to a western tourist. We visited it during the Lunar New Year so an additional attraction was the sight of many Koreans wearing traditional costumes.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank An A
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Best place to enter when going to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Gate in the city I must say! Unique experience for us.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank enjhelo13
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The Gwanghwamun Gate is very prominently located at the northern end of Sejongno "boulevard" at a busy intersection with pretty heavy traffic. It is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, in Jongno-gu, Seoul. I visited this area one Saturday afternoon and I was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eyekaytoo
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This is a must visit for history lovers, watch changing of guards and a very well preserved place that is.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Mornings6
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Try to time your visit with the spectacular re-enactment of the historical changing of the guards, also an acoustic spectacle. Apart from this, be impressed by the sheer dimensions of the compound...

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Flowwolf
Reviewed 20 October 2018

The gate is very imposing (as they should be) and wonderfully decorated with intricate designs and colors. Arrive early in the morning to have the area all to yourself.

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Brandon_CAN
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Made it to Gwanghwamun Gate in time to watch the changing of the guard. They are dressed in traditional clothing. Cool to watch it!! Recommend if able to see!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MBMatt1147
Reviewed 14 October 2018

The gate of the biggest palace is realy nice, next to a bussy road but i don't mind. nice when the gate is open

Date of experience: April 2018
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