Attractions

Gwanghwamun Square

100-101  Jongro-gu, Sejong-daero 172  

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About

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.

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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

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Latest 5 reviews of Gwanghwamun Square

  • A bit commercial but fun
    There are often markets on the square and the views of the palace are great, the square is also very centrally located and surrounded by interesting buildings.
    3 Peter_Bomberg2018-12-01
  • Gwanghwamun Square, Korean history in Seoul
    Gwanghwamun Square is locates in the center of Seoul, the 2 major attractions are: 1- the statue of King Sejong (15th century). 2- the Gwanghwamun was constructed as the main gate to Gyeongbokgung...
    4 EgyCaptain2018-10-28
  • A weekend of activities around the Gwanghwamun Square
    The Gwanghwamun Square is a large, long, thin, traffic free area which extends down from the Gwanghwamun Gate to the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin of the Joseon Dynasty. Apparently it is a protest...
    5 Eyekaytoo2018-10-24
  • Large Square!
    Located in front of Gwanghwamun Gate, so that was nice! The fountains and statues were good to see, happy I went!
    4 MBMatt11472018-10-18
  • Historical square with an almost deserted museum down under!
    I think most tourist would only take pictures with or of King Sejeong and thing surrounding it and not go to their museum. The museum btw is free entrance so if you want to take a deeper look on your...
    5 wheretojenny2018-09-08
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