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“Gate leading to Gyeongbukgung”
Review of Gwanghwamun Gate

Gwanghwamun Gate
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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.
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“Gate leading to Gyeongbukgung”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

This is the gate that leads to Gyeongbukgung, Guards stand outside of the gate where you can take pictures. Also you can catch the changing of the guard just inside for free which is nice.

If you're going to Gyeongbukgung you have to go through this gate

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Barry C
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Jammu City, India
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“Majestic & Grand”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

The gate leads into the Palace on one side and the Gwanghwamun square on the other. A place worth visiting if you are in Seoul. The palace is really huge and so beautifully managed. The ceremony of changing guards is worth watching. In the square the statutes of King Sejong & Admiral Sunshin are situated and square is large. At the end of the square on the left side there is a stream where a lot of people sit on the sides at evening. A place worth spending time in Seoul and a lot of historical and cultural heritage of Korea on display in and around the square.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Parvez S
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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“The Gwanghwamun Plaza”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

The Gwanghwamun (or Gwang-Hwa-Mun) Plaza

One cannot help but to compare the Gwanghwamun Plaza of Seoul with the Trafalgar Square of London, where The Nelson’s Column was erected to commemorate Admiral Horatio who died in the battle Trafalgar. The imposing status of Admiral Yi Sun Sin, a highly decorated and much revered, or even worshipped Korean naval commander, a legendary national hero, stands majestically at southern end of Gwanghwamun Plaza.

The second important and imperial status of Sejong Da Wang, or King Sejong the Great, is placed magnificently at the centre of the Plaza. Standing at this strategic point, visitors can visit or soak in the panoramic view of many modern and historical buildings, such as the cultural exhibition centre, the office blocks of various agencies of the Central Government on the left (west), the famous Cheong Deo Gung Palace complex which is within walking distance in the east, the Residence of the President, the Blue House and the tallest landmark of Seoul, the Bakhansan (mountain) visible in the north.

Visited November 2012
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“fantastic view behind the gate”
Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

after we step down of the gwanghwamun station exit 9, the beautiful scene of gwanghwamun gate wirh the mountain view rise upon us, one of the biggest gate we saw. closed to king sejong monument. dont miss the changing guard ceremony at 10.00 at front of the gate and took picture with the guard after the ceremony

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“largest gate in Seoul”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

The largest gate in Seoul, second largest being part of the city wall.

Entry into Gyongbokgung Palace is thru here, and you pay after so you could just go in here and decide to skip the palace.

There is a show in front of the gate, but I'm not sure the times but I think it occurs often as I walked past it twice and the ceremony was going on both times (and when I left the palace as well).

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Alexandra M
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