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Gwanghwamun Square

100-101  Jongro-gu, Sejong-daero 172  

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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

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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