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Gwanghwamun Gate

161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-3700-3901
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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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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-3700-3901
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Beautiful entrance into Gyeongbokgung Palace. Watch the changing of the guards which happens every hour. I visited this on Saturday morning and found many young Koreans dressed in their national customs posing with tourists for photographs. If you don't wish to visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace...More

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

The view here simplifies the majestic culture of korea somehow, though i really dont know the whole story of korean history.

Thank Nicaella H
Reviewed July 12, 2016

We walked from out hotel and it is very close to the huge market. It's South Korea's Number 1 Tourist Attraction. Worth the visit.

Thank TaniaProsdocimo
Reviewed June 27, 2016

I love to see the change of guards which takes place in front of the gate. Its amazing to see all the guards can stand still for a long period of time, and refrain from making big movements! We enjoyed teasing them, just to see...More

Thank rohizani
Reviewed June 22, 2016

I visited this place every time I visited Korea, which it is already three time. And everytime I went there there always had a show like a ceremony of changing royal guard shift time. Never bored to watch it cos I do really like the...More

Thank Trisnanti_Widi
Reviewed June 18, 2016

This is one of the original gates to the city. It has been painfully restored after an arsonist set fire to it a few years ago. If you are in this part of the city it is well worth the price of admission (free).

Thank JeffP2
Reviewed June 18, 2016

Even wonderful if you can go on the schedules of the changing of the guards. My hubby was lucky because he gets to join the ceremony. He's in charge of the drum beat. They also have free costume where you can try for few minutes...More

Thank Shan_the_explorer
Reviewed June 12, 2016

Driving along a main road surrounded by modern office blocks and then suddenly by the side of the road and right next to the busiest market place in the world is this beauty! Just go and take the photos!

Thank TravelandCake2013
Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This is a really nice place and it stands out between ancient Korean culture to the fast pace of modern city life!!!

Thank Prinster A
Reviewed June 5, 2016

Amazing place, be prepared to walk and take a lots of pics. It takes around 2.5 hrs to complete the whole place. Check the time for the guard shift change, they do it twice a day!, really nice, I suggest you start the trip and...More

Thank okumare
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
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Mika S
May 11, 2017|
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Response from Ron S | Reviewed this property |
I believe it happens every hour starting at 10am.