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Address: 76-2 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-3700-3901
Description: This gate was constructed in 1395 as the main entrance from the majestic...
This gate was constructed in 1395 as the main entrance from the majestic Sejong Boulevard into Kyongbuk Palace. Three arched gates and a two-story pavilion are typical of the architectural design of that period. Completely reconstructed after years of conflict and falling into disrepair, it is now made of modern concrete and steel. It presently serves as a secondary entrance to Kwanghwamun Park.
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Looks cool with the guards and the flags

They change the gate guards quite frequently. There is a list on the outerside of the gate indicating when the next change is. It looks cool with the drums and flags. Of course... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Buchs Zürich, Switzerland
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Buchs Zürich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

They change the gate guards quite frequently. There is a list on the outerside of the gate indicating when the next change is. It looks cool with the drums and flags. Of course they do it for the tourists bit still nice to see.

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I'm not giving 5 stars for a simple reason : it's "just" a Gate, and "visiting" it takes 5 or 10 minutes. Now, if you want to visit the actual palace, that's another story, but there's another Trip Advisor page for that. The gate stands out for three reasons. First, it's indeed big. Second, it's been unbelievably well restored, with... More 

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Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Its clearly recently been rebuilt but it is still a sight to behold. If you time it right, you can catch the changing of the guards. Interesting for those from the other side of the world. I've been to Seoul numerous times and I've been here so often I've lost count. I'm still amazed every time I see it from... More 

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Seremban, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited the square on the first night & viewed the gate from afar. The solemn great gate is brightly lit at night. As I walked towards it after looking at the Sejong statue, the view made me feel like I was about to walk into the past. The busy traffic right in front of it created such a huge... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Such as the palaces, this place isn't old, just has been rebuild some years ago. Yes, it's nice at night, but be aware that it's nothing historic at all.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Gwanghwamun gate is an entrance main gate to see old royal residence of ancestor Kings. Vast open grounds spread over several kilometers, old buildings typical in Korean Royalty style, carefully preserved, including a museum,English, Chinese , Japanese guides are available at specified hours and there is a nominal fee to see,at noon time there is a colorful Change of Guard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is another one of the very many still standing palace gates in Seoul. Something that you should not miss when you visit here is the changing of the guards. Also don't forget to go inside the palace grounds as well (buy the combination ticket if you plan to see the other palaces)

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Indaiatuba, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It's a traditional gate located in the city center area. Nice and full of details. The gates in Seoul tell us about their history and will give you some nice pictures. It's an easy and quick scene to be seen.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The gate, just like Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, is just one of the better-preserved gates in Seoul. Of course, this gate is the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which would "teleport" you back in time after the rows of modern skyscrapers and buildings you walked past to get here. The guard-changing ceremony is actually a free attraction, since it's before the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

At the entrance of the gate, there are guards with different outfits so it is a must to get photos with them. What I love about this place is its architectural design, yet is it situated in a packed traffic area. You feel like you're being transported to another era/dynasty and actually feel the culture. The scenery is amazing with... More 

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Address: 76-2 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-3700-3901
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul

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