We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+82 2-3700-3901
Website
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 75.00*
and up
Full-Day Seoul Highlights City Tour
More Info
USD 87.00*
and up
Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour
More Info
USD 33.00*
and up
Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 664 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 90
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Luis M
,
Novo Hamburgo, RS
Add Photo Write a Review

664 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 185: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
145 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The Gwanghwamun Gate is right by the Sejong monument, adjacent to a museum underground that takes you through how the Korean alphabet was formed. Long story short - it's a beatiful area right near each other, and definitely one you should check out!

Helpful?
Thank Liz K
Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
111 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

big open spaces to walk around lots of tourists near a train station palace gate itself and its walls is a tourist attraction too lots of cops during my visit since there is a protest activity

Helpful?
Thank ang s
Gainesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
228 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Gwanghwamun main gate for changing of the guard but because of protests they cancelled it. Still impressive even without changing of the guard also see square.

Helpful?
Thank Bob D
Novo Hamburgo, RS
Level Contributor
229 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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.

Helpful?
Thank Luis M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

Helpful?
Thank ruslank88
HONG KONG
Level Contributor
1,445 reviews
883 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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

Helpful?
Thank Quack H
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
403 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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 

Helpful?
Thank Marion W
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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.

Helpful?
Thank Jelts
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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.

Helpful?
Thank shahrul1992
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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.

Helpful?
Thank Weissgunn

Travellers who viewed Gwanghwamun Gate also viewed

 

Been to Gwanghwamun Gate? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Gwanghwamun Gate staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?