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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 2018-08-02 Phi S
Huge open plaza
This is a big plaza in front of the Gyeonbokgong. There is a huge statue of King Sejong, who invented the Korean alphabets.
3 2018-07-20 palawanismyhome
A strange square
Gwanghwamun is not really a square but a large rectangle in the center of Seoul, directy in front of Gyeonbokgung Palace. There are two famous statues in the middle of the square which divides the...
5 2018-07-18 kpiddy
Large public square in the centre of Seoul
I much preferred our recent visit to Gwanghwamun Square than in the past, it was full of atmosphere with a local community fair in progress as well as a large memorial to a recent disaster in Korean...
5 2018-07-08 TheFoodCritique
Great statute of a great man, good spot to take pictures
Great statue of one of the most important man in the history of Korea. He invented the Korean script to replace Chinese characters. Very spacious to walk around and take pictures.
4 2018-07-01 doofvfood
Large square leading on from Geongbokgung
When we were there this year the square was set up for viewing of World Cup matches so there were many tents round the statue of King Sejong the most revered monarch in Korean history who created the...