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Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun)

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Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun)

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288, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03119 South Korea
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Enjoy the highlights of the DMZ and get back to Seoul in time for lunch on a guided group tour. Listen to immersive commentary during visits to Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and other important landmarks. Have your camera ready for an unobstructed view of one of the world's most famous demilitarized zones. Best of all, this excursion does not include unnecessary shopping stops that other tours add on, which saves you valuable vacation time.
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Culinary-Consultants wrote a review Jan 2020
Ferrara, Italy3,461 contributions580 helpful votes
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There are several of these gates along Seoul. There is not really nothing amazing to see here. No directions, No history to be shared or told on the spot, noone to guide you or instruct you about what this or the other gates are about. I recommend them during the night though as they have lights and decorations, but not even the South Koreans really stop here. The doors are not allocated on a special street or quiet location. There are just on the side of the street and inter-junctions right on top where the street lights and heavy traffic are. But in any case to give a little flair to this place I will share with you all some lines of what an internet site has to say about this place: Explanation: Heunginjimun Gate was built to protect Hanseongbu, which historically housed important government facilities. Heunginjimun Gate was the gate on the east side of the outer wall of Seoul Fortress among eight gates. It is referred to as Dongdaemun Gate as well. The gate was constructed during King Taejo’s 5th year in 1396, remodeled during the reign of King Danjong in 1453 and was newly built in 1869 during the sixth year of King Gojong’s reign in 1869. The gate features a hipped roof which has five front compartments and two side compartments on a two-storied building. The thin and weak bracket system supports the eaves and is excessively decorated, reflecting the construction features of the late Joseon period. Also, outside of the fortress is the half-circle shaped Ongseong, a small wall, to protect the gate. One of the unique factors of Heunginjimun Gate is that it is the only gate among Seoul’s eight to have Ongseong, further exhibiting the style of construction used during the late Joseon period as well. Enjoy it and take some pictures. This is all you can do here. 10 minutes tops to dedicate to this place.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Della G wrote a review Dec 2019
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions302 helpful votes
We have viewed this east gate both during the day time and in the evening. Of course it is more impressive at night all lit up. The gate was originally constructed around 1396 during the Joseon King Taijo's reigned. The last rebuilt took place around in 1869. Needless to say it is one of the four main gates that surrounds Seoul and still has part of the old fortress around it. Yes it is difficult to get up close to view it. Better photo ops from across the way.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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miles_for_smiles wrote a review Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China96 contributions40 helpful votes
Amazing building, really worth the visit and spending some time to soak it all in! Super easy to access via the subway system and conveniently located, this is a must visit!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Ann C wrote a review Nov 2019
Nashville, Tennessee2,240 contributions1,134 helpful votes
This is one of 8 gates. You could not enter when I was there, only a photo from outside. Its name means great east gate. You can access it from either subway 1 or 4.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Anthony Cordato wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia2,143 contributions142 helpful votes
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Walk past Dongdaeumun Design Centre, and keep walking straight - the Heunginjimun Gate will suddenly appear in view. It's an impressive structure - a two tiered building on a solid stone base in which there is a tunnel which housed the gate. This is the East Gate of Seoul, one of four main gates in the old Seoul City Wall. The Gate was first built by King Taejo during his fifth year of reign (1398). It was renovated in 1453, and the current structure is the one rebuilt in 1869. What is particularly impressive is the half circle outer wall enclosure (the Ongseong). This was a powerful defensive device because visitors who entered were surrounded. It also protects the gate against a battering ram. You can view it from all around, but there is no entry. To best view it, you need to cross the road up to the Heunginjimun Gate Park which is where the City Wall now starts, and view it on eye level. Information about the gate is sparse, even though the small information placard states it is Korea's National Treasure number 1. To find out more and to see the Jaspyan statues up close, visit the Seoul City Wall Museum which is about 100 metres up in the Heunginjimun Gate Park. It's free to visit, has scale models and a lot of fascinating information about the gate and the Seoul City Wall. See my photos.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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