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Dongdaemun Gate (Great Eastern Gate)

Address: 69 Jongno 6-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Ranked #82 of 501 Attractions in Seoul
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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Singapore, Singapore
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120 reviews 120 reviews
75 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Like the Namdaemun, this is another historical gate in the middle of an intersection. Apart from a few pictures to say "I've been to Dongdaemun, and have seen the gate", there's really nothing much else to see or experience. Of course, as a shopping and eating destination, Dongdaemun ranks quite highly in Seoul, and that I cannot disagree. The Migliore... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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1,275 reviews 1,275 reviews
1,070 attraction reviews
685 helpful votes 685 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The gate is located in the middle of a busy road. It was being partially renovated during our visit in July 2014. The gate itself, while rather big, sort of fails to impress during the day. It is only after dark, when it is dramatically lit, that it seems half decent. A 5-minute visit is all you need.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Quite similar to Namdaemun (southern gate of Seoul), this gate is a nice piece of Korean traditional architecture. It was used as a checkpoint when the city walls were still existent but today it is just a memorial. I went hunting for it after I left the market to see what it was.

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Singapore
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137 reviews 137 reviews
80 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Right in the middle of the road is this Dongdaemun Gate. Nothing to see when you go close, so simply take a picture from far and walk off. That's it.

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Ankara, Turkey
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111 reviews 111 reviews
53 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Quite similar to Namdaemun (southern gate of Seoul), this gate is a nice piece of Korean traditional architecture. It was used as a checkpoint in the past when the city walls were still existent but nowadays it looks like a memorial. Nice for taking a few photos, when visiting the Dongdaemun market.

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Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This gate shows the beautiful ancient Korean architecture and It is great that the restoration work has It still standing.

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Hong Kong Region, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you like shopping, it is the best place, but for sightseeing, I do not recommend

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Haifa, Israel
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I visited there at night and it's really a nice place. It is lightening very good and not too much traffic at night so I could take pictures as much as I wonted

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Seoul, South Korea
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

If you plan on visiting Seoul and taking awesome pictures of the 'gates' that surround the city, I recommend you forgo visiting this one until construction and remodeling efforts are finished. The local are has lots to offer for entertainment, I am sure once construction is complete this will be an awesome gate to visit.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A beautiful piece of history in Seoul. On the edge of Namdaemun market which is a must-see authentic market. We enjoyed hearing about the history of the gate from our tour guide.

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