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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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Magnificent, panaromaric view with ancient soldiers patrol show

It locates at the city centre, leading up a super wide center part of dual carriage traffic, City Hall, and surrounded by modern buildings and hotels, and makes up a perfect... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
Chun pang L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

It locates at the city centre, leading up a super wide center part of dual carriage traffic, City Hall, and surrounded by modern buildings and hotels, and makes up a perfect fusion of image. Ancient soldiers were smart and attracts lots of tourists taking photos. It's just close to any hotels at Jung-Gu, recommend to ride taxi , which is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

At the end of the main street and 2km form the hotel. Easy flat walk or catch train. AS you walk down you can go part of the way underground and brows the shops. Also great in poor weather. Closes at 4pm

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Gwanghwamun Gate, Gwanghwamun Plaza and Gyeongbukgung Plaza are all in the same area and accessible by foot. Just for photography and a taste of local cultural and old buildings. Do visit the palace museum behind, which is free of charge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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 24 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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 15 November 2016 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 9 November 2016

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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