Gwanghwamun Square

100-101  Jongro-gu, Sejong-daero 172  

See & Do Attractions


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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Directions Details
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100-101  Jongro-gu, Sejong-daero 172  
- 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

Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 720 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwanghwamun Square

  • King Joseon & Admiral Yi Sun Shin Dominate This Square
    Just down from the two large palaces you will find this quite interesting square in the center of the road containing a statue of King Joseon (sitting) and Admiral Yi Sun Shin on a Pedestal.The...
    Rating:3 Oldjack2019-09-22
  • Nice place to visit~ but try to avoid visiting on weekend
    Really breathtaking, but there's ALWAYS a protest. At the weekend, there always a lot of people gather and do a long march or demonstration.
    Rating:3 leejiminoh2019-09-21
  • Traffic Lanes Transformed To Public Square
    Just 10 years ago, this public square replaced 10 traffic lanes as part of various environmentally friendly renovations going on in Seoul. The big rectangle runs from Gwanghwamun Gate on the North to...
    Rating:4 Rumples2019-09-16
  • 2 huge statues
    The square is large with 2 huge statues of Korea's historical figures. And in the background you can see the mountain and the palace.
    Rating:4 emmgee82019-09-08
  • Not really a square
    A busy main road with a central area surrounded by a few civic buildings sums up the square. Not much to see except a couple of statues and lots of traffic. Leads up to Gyeongbokgung Palace and gate.
    Rating:2 Jane C2019-08-14
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