Sungnyemun Gate (Namdaemun)

04528  40 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  

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Sungnyemun Gate (Namdaemun) is one of Seoul's historic Four Great Gates and it was designated National Treasure no. 1 by the Korean government in 1962. Though its official name is Sungnyemun, it is also popularly known as Namdaemun Gate due to its location at what was once the southern end of Seoul. As the centuries passed, Seoul grew in size but Sungnyemun Gate has endured through the ages.  

Construction on the gate was started in 1395 and completed in 1398. In 1447, Sungnyemun saw reconstruction work carried out. The gate is the largest city gate with an arched entrance in the city, and atop the gate's wooden base stands a 2-story wooden structure. The gate is Seoul's oldest wooden structure but on Feb. 10th, 2008, much of the gate's wooden structure was destroyed by fire. Following several years of restorative work, Sungnyemun Gate can now be enjoyed in all its glory.


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버스도착정보 안내
버스 번호 도착 정보
04528  40 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  
Hoehyeon Station (subway line 4) exit 5

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 317 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Sungnyemun Gate

  • Nice place to visit. Very hot arround August.
    Historically interesting if you look at the old photos dating from 19xx to the modern day. Pretty much same as all the other gates. But this is in surrounded by modern buildings and new age landscape...
    Rating:3 Louis T2019-09-15
  • Quick photo
    It's in the middle of a busy square full of cars. So it's good to see it when you are just passing by and catch a quick photo.
    Rating:4 emmgee82019-09-08
  • Not very much to see but worth a short visit.
    Pretty much same as all the other gates. But this is in surrounded by modern buildings and new age landscape all around. This gate was also being guarded by the royal guards with whom you can take...
    Rating:3 sylviageersen2019-09-07
  • Antiquity vs Modernity
    Better known as Namdaemun Gate, is one of the symbol of Seoul: One of the 8 gates of the seoul's Fortress. It was built in 1398 during the Taejo Reign. You can walk throught it and take...
    Rating:4 Luca C2019-09-02
  • Historical Gate
    This gate near Seoul Station is one of the last remaining gates in the walls of ancient Seoul. The gate is located on an island in main road. Best viewed from a distance.
    Rating:4 Jane C2019-08-13
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