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Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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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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Main gate of the palace

This is the main gate to the same name palace. It was fully renovated 6 years ago, but it conserved the same shape and characteristic of the ancient Korea times. It is a good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 13, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walking distance from Gwanghwamun square. Entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace though you have to pay a fee before you can enter.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gwanghwamun Gate is right by the Sejong monument, adjacent to a museum underground that takes you through how the Korean alphabet was formed. Long story short - it's a beatiful area right near each other, and definitely one you should check out!

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

big open spaces to walk around lots of tourists near a train station palace gate itself and its walls is a tourist attraction too lots of cops during my visit since there is a protest activity

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gwanghwamun main gate for changing of the guard but because of protests they cancelled it. Still impressive even without changing of the guard also see square.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

This is the main gate to the same name palace. It was fully renovated 6 years ago, but it conserved the same shape and characteristic of the ancient Korea times. It is a good example how to preserve a country history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Very nice contrasting views, the guard change ceremony is also interesting. good for photos and for sightseeing

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017

Must visit Gwanhwamun Gate when you are in Seoul because it is located in the Gwanghwamun Square, easy access by subway or buses.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

and get a pix with one of the palace guards standing in the middle of it with the Palace in the background. Awesome pix!! The name of the gate translates roughly into “may the light of enlightenment blanket the world.” The name symbolizes the resounding dedication that the people had of the Joseon Dynasty. Look up on the internet what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017

I visited the gate at a time there was no changing of guards. It is still beautiful and picturesque. This is a beautiful site to take in together with the Square that is nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

Easy to reach by metro, stop at Gyeongbokgung station and 5 minutes walk to reach this gate, outside Gyeongvbokgung Palace. you can take photo with the guards wearing traditional hanbok. From here also you can walk to Gwanghamun Square in only 5 minutes.

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