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Gwanghwamun Square


Gwanghwamun Square is divided into six sections. At its center stands a statue of King Sejong the Great, the fourth and most respected king of the Joseon Dynasty and creator of Hangeul, Korea's alphabet; and a statue of Admiral Yi Sunshin, a naval commander noted for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598) and a hero among Koreans. Other attractions include the popular 12.23 Fountain, a sculpture of Haechi (the symbol of Seoul), a flower carpet, and Yeoksamulgil (or the "Waterway of History") on either side of the square.

Gwanghwamun Square stretches out from Gwanghwamun Gate, once the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, to Sejongno Sageori Intersection. This area was once Yukjo-geori (Avenue of Six Ministries), the center of Hanyang, which was the capital city during the Joseon Dynasty. Nowadays it is home to the Government's major administrative departments. Originally the area was a 16-lane roadway but in 2009, Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to create a landmark national square by transforming 10 lanes of the roadway into a public space where Seoulites could rest and socialize.

The statue of King Sejong is the square's focal point. In front of the statue, the main inventions from King Sejong's reign are on display, including the hangeul alphabet and scientific instruments such as a sundial, rain gauge and celestial globe. A nearby gallery tells "The Story of King Sejong," featuring a variety of materials and artifacts portraying the life and achievements of the great man himself.

[Dec. 01, 2010 18:30  Input / Nov. 13, 2015 00:00  Publish]


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100-101  Jongro-gu, Sejong-daero 172  
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Address 100-101  Jongro-gu, Sejong-daero 172  
Subway - Gyeongbokgung Station (subway line 3) exits 6,7 in the direction of KEB bank
- Gwanghwamun Station (subway line 5) exits 1, 2, 8
- City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 3, walk past Deoksugung Palace and keep walking in the direction of the Koreana hotel
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Latest 5 reviews of Gwanghwamun Square

4 2018-04-14 Charlotte Celes... L
Huge square with rich history
It is a huge square with lot of rich history especially on the King who created Hangeul. It also shows the different things that he has founded or created.
5 2018-04-13 Vanessa M
Beautiful city square
This city square highlights the best of Seoul. A touch of history at one end mixed with the modern day hi tech world. As you walk from the LED screen billboards towards the Palace grounds. You can...
4 2018-04-09 StanlyFredrik
A Tourist Square
Take a picture of the famous statue on this square. and a very near to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. On the weekend, there so many crowd and people walking in this square. If you need to take a good...
4 2018-03-21 arttemoff78
Beautiful place
Good place to enjoy the view. Feels like history meets present in there. They always have any organizational activity there.
4 2018-03-11 Nagnag76
Go early in the morning
Be there before 8am to avoid the crowd, it is different to walk in a wide street without anyone around you. Great opportunity for photograph. Enter the palace and watch guard changing shift at 10am.