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Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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This gate was constructed in 1395 as the main entrance from the majestic...

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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Main gate of the palace

This is the main gate to the same name palace. It was fully renovated 6 years ago, but it conserved the same shape and characteristic of the ancient Korea times. It is a good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Novo Hamburgo, RS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the main gate to the same name palace. It was fully renovated 6 years ago, but it conserved the same shape and characteristic of the ancient Korea times. It is a good example how to preserve a country history.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice contrasting views, the guard change ceremony is also interesting. good for photos and for sightseeing

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HONG KONG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must visit Gwanhwamun Gate when you are in Seoul because it is located in the Gwanghwamun Square, easy access by subway or buses.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

and get a pix with one of the palace guards standing in the middle of it with the Palace in the background. Awesome pix!! The name of the gate translates roughly into “may the light of enlightenment blanket the world.” The name symbolizes the resounding dedication that the people had of the Joseon Dynasty. Look up on the internet what... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the gate at a time there was no changing of guards. It is still beautiful and picturesque. This is a beautiful site to take in together with the Square that is nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to reach by metro, stop at Gyeongbokgung station and 5 minutes walk to reach this gate, outside Gyeongvbokgung Palace. you can take photo with the guards wearing traditional hanbok. From here also you can walk to Gwanghamun Square in only 5 minutes.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice bid rebuilt gate. Worth a quick stop for a look around but really not much point in spending too much time...other things to see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On its own it will not tickle the pinkies, but with ceremonial guards it becomes a favourite with the tourists. And for this reason it is best to get in early before the bus loads of selfie stick toting tourists arrive. It is the only way to get a reasonably tourist free photo. If you are in the area for... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Nice backdrop for pictures :) We enjoyed the change of palace guard ceremony. Other than that, nothing more to do.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you have a good travel guide, you will get the story behind this place. We had a chance to see the changing of the guards, not so grand but interesting.

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