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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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Impressive. Right smack in the middle of Seoul

The grounds are huge and it can be a struggle if you are with seniors or toddlers. Interesting to walk around during afternoon. Not too crowded with tourists when we visited.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The grounds are huge and it can be a struggle if you are with seniors or toddlers. Interesting to walk around during afternoon. Not too crowded with tourists when we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gate is the entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Do stay and check out the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony if you can!

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Thank thetravellingfugu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just front of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Should take a good picture with hanbok ! Front of Gwanghwamun is a crowded road side.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first temple visited in Korea. Quite a good first impression. Big gate, great location in the city

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's nothing special, 2 minutes is enough for this place, so if you don't plan to go to the palace behind it, no need to go there.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

A beautiful example of Korean traditional architecture, however you really need to go through the temple area and garden to appreciate the magnitude of the area. Really worth several hours of wandering.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Just as you get out of Gwanghwamun station you are greeted by the statue of Lee Soon Shin, King Sejong followed by the Gwanghwamun gate to Gyeongbok Palace.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Located by the side of a busy road. It was before you enter the palaces. Good for photography. It was nice a spectacular view.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a must see and must go. Behind the gate you se the Kyongbokkung park with all kinds of ancient temples ans the like. A must for every Seoul visitor. Been there several times between mid 80s and 2015.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

In the middle of the city you run in to this spectacular entrance to the main Palace guarded by old style dressed guards. Its just spectacular !

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