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Gate Gwanghwamun

Address: 76-2 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-3700-3901
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Ranked #44 of 577 things to do in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This gate was constructed in 1395 as the main entrance from the majestic Sejong Boulevard into...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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Seoul, South Korea
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66 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This gate is pretty but what really makes it a worthwhile trip besides seeing the actual palace is seeing the changing of the guards. It is about a 10 minute process with traditional instruments being played. It usually takes place around 2:00. It is really cool to see and make sure you get pictures with the guards too!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is actually Gyeongbokgung Palace main gate. At night it gets lightened up, which makes it look even more beautiful.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It's just in front of the gyeongbokgung palace. In the day time, there's performance to show and revive the history. You can view the performance that's similar to change of guards and thereafter take photos with the performers. In the evening, this place is beautifully lighted up. It's so beautiful that if you are around this area, I would suggest... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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305 reviews 305 reviews
56 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This gate is superb. The size and power that embraces makes you to keep looking at for several minutes. I couldn't stop to take pictures to the "guards" and thrills of the facade.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Interesting place to see how the guards changes with ceremonial activity... It has schedule for this... Like english guards, the korean guards were also like statue, its hard to make them interact with us even for a smile... People inside are provided few spaces with some kind yellow lines during the ceremony so they can choose at which angle they... More 

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San Jose, California
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49 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Namdaemun and Dongdaemun seem to get all the attention (and for good reason because of their shopping and central locations). However, this particular "mun" or gate is special to me and being so close to all the embassies and federal buildings makes it seem like a gateway to a mini United Nations arena. Like all the muns or gates, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

entrance to more palaces! you can visit the place half day if you walk fast. you can also view changing of guards inside

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San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

If you visit Seoul, this place is a must go! Immerse into Korean Culture and enjoy the beautiful colorful architecture that this landmark has to offer. Thumbs up!

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Vancouver, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I went there during night time and the lighting makes it looks really nice, great for taking photos :) During daytime, visitors can also try to catch the changing of the guards (which occurs ones an hour)

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