Gwanghwamun Square at Night

03154  172 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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Gwanghwamun Square is located on Sejong-ro in Jongno-gu and is vast in size. Gwanghwamun Square stretches out from Gwanghwamun Gate, towards Cheonggyecheon Stream, and is divided into 6 sections: “Recovering the History of Gwanghwamun Gate Plaza,” “Reenacting Yukjo Street Plaza,” “Korea Main Plaza,” “Civil Participation Urban Culture Plaza,” “Downtown Plaza” and “Cheonggyecheon Stream Connector.”  

In 2009, the square was redeveloped into a space of historical revival, culture, and relaxation. 
The focal point of the square is the statue of King Sejong the Great. During the day, the square is always busy with people but at night it is a tranquil and beautiful tourist attraction. Gwanghwamun Square, with Inwangsan Mountain just behind it, is not just a beautiful tourist locale. The square has over 600 years of history and it is a place where the spirit of the Korean nation can be felt.

For more information:
Gwanghwamun Square
The Story of King Sejong • The Story of Admiral Yi Sunshin

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 715 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwanghwamun Square

  • 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
  • Gwanghwamun Square
    Not much to do here other than see the statues. I presume they have events here throughout the year. Seems to be popular with tourists. In a great area as there are lots of coffee shops and...
    Rating:3 sammyzr2019-08-01
  • Noisy protests ruined the day
    There is a fringe political group holding protests in the area - every weekend apparently - they wear earplugs and shout through very loud speakers, block the way and harangue tourists. I would...
    Rating:1 Paul F2019-07-13
  • Lovely Ceremonial Square
    This is the massive and impressive public square in front of the main entrance to Gwanghwamun Palace and its full of interesting statuary and plenty of plaques explain things that used to be there...
    Rating:4 Bozeman-Dublin2019-07-10
  • History
    Great historical figure, lots to learn about the Korean alphabet and their way of thinking based on this historical figure
    Rating:5 adrianavT3964CN2019-07-05
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