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Gate Gwanghwamun

76-2 Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
02-3700-3901
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Ranked #45 of 550 attractions in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is the main gate to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It can be reached by metro orange line 3. Get off at Gyeongbokgung station and take exit 5. it will bring you right in front of the Palace and the gate. You can visit the Palace and watch the changing of the guard, but to me looking out from in front... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The gate itself is pretty but we went for the changing of the guard and that was worth seeing. It is free and lasts probably 5-10 minutes. I understand it is done on the hour during the day but that's worth checking

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The original was constructed in 1395 this one is a reconstruction and is used as the main entrance to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and where the changing of the guards occur daily so it should be seen - also check out the Statue of King Sejong in the middle of the square and the statue of the Admiral Yi Sun-sin (cant... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Walk first via Gwanghwamum Square and see the two historical statues in the square and then you will see the stunning gate - entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace. The backdrop of the mountains makes it all the more astounding. It is hard to believe this ancient palace is in the middle of the city. Be sure to see the changing of... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Refurbished in 2010, the gate outside the Gyeongbokgung is imposing structure. Be sure to wait around for the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony which starts from the Gate at 10:00, 13:00, 15:00 - it lasts for 20 minutes. Photos are recommended from across the road.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The entire general area near the gate is a must. The gate itself is wonderful and if you have never been to China it will be breathtaking. The traffic in this area is fairly heavy and there are occasional protests nearby. The gate itself is not an original which forces a loss of charm. (Thus the China remark.) But for... More

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Keller, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The Gwanghwamun subway station puts you several blocks in front of the gate and provides you a great view of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Easy to get to and great pictures.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Newly re-built in 2010, The gate to the Palace is great background to see the changing of the guards and to see Gwanghwamun square on the other side. Must have a picture taken there when in Seoul.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

It's ok to visit and quite a spectacular sight. So you should add this to your day trip if you have time. You can really get some nice photos here

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

While we were there they happened to have this night lights + music show and it was really interesting and great. Created an entirely different feel to this ancient gate.

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