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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 701 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gwanghwamun Square

  • Big Square in the city
    the squarer surround by the changeoung stream, the king sejong statue, and the gyeungbokgung palace, in front of gwanghwamun gate, exactly in the centre of the city when the modern building mix with...
    Rating:4 dhe_mulyani2019-05-07
  • Underground Museum - Good for a quick look
    We were walking through the square, saw the massive statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sunshin, so we decided to stop in. I found this museum very engaging for being devoted to only two...
    Rating:4 RogersParkian2019-04-14
  • Can’t miss
    On my way to palace G and N market, you can’t miss this square. Easy to walk through, very interesting statues (king and admiral) what is explained. Try the underneath museum. Really good to get a...
    Rating:5 sebastianbuzetab2019-02-24
  • Visit the memorial to the Sewol ferry victims
    An impressive and centrally located area where you can find colourful water fountains at night, the Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin and Statue of Sejong the Great amongst others. There is also the...
    Rating:4 SurfingWild2019-01-27
  • Cold during winter
    Wind blowing will make your face frozen when walking in this square. King Sejong's underground memorial/museum can be your savior to escape the winter cold. Nice to walk in this square until you...
    Rating:3 keeshias2019-01-22
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