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Gate Gwanghwamun

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Kiev, Ukraine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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Orlando, Florida
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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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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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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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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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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.