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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

5 2018-06-15 Khiam Yeong H
King Sejong the Great
Commemorating the King who was credited of creating the Korean words as we know today. There’s an entrance to the basement where a small museum is located - depicting the various technological...
5 2018-05-29 calvinfame
Nice place
Nice place to walk around and see thing a lot people here they hangout and do a lot of different thing ! A lot a shop and coffee shop also!! Beautiful view of the mountains too and very clean!!! And...
4 2018-05-29 TravelDiaries_Pulkit
Beautiful, huge and festival like!
It looks like a mini festival in here with so many small shops and vendors around. Though it might be a little expensive to buy items from here. The square in itself gives a good feeling if the...
4 2018-05-28 jeineria09
Nice historical place
Gwanghwamun square located so close to Gyeongbokgung palace, just across the street. Nice place to stroll around.
5 2018-05-27 vilmatriplouis
Nice to see
This area in the front of the Gyeongbokgung palace is a very nice place to be. It is a great area which give you several connections to other nice places. The big staties remind to the history of...