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Gwanghwamun Gate

161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045, 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 03045, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
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+82 2-3700-3901
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"king sejong"
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"guard changing ceremony"
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"takes place"
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"royal guard"
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"wearing traditional"
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"take photos"
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"joseon dynasty"
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"city hall"
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"the main street"
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"korean history"
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"beautiful palace"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I like to come here every season and get different pictures in different weathers and at different seasons. The government usually provides different cultural experiences for the public, and even provide a special queue for foreigners (So even if the maximum quota is closed to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking picture in front of this gate. Because it is a mandatory visit to this Palace and the gate is one of the most famous and Instagram photo ever. In the morning not so many people and good to take picture by yourself. Afternoon, usually...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were there during the changing of the guards! These guys were very imposing and very popular. Hint: Try to be there just as they are arriving. You will get all the drums and noise that goes with it! Definitely recommend

Thank Alexander D
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I'm not sure what I should expect as I'd never visited a palace in South Korea before. The price was good, and they had an English speaking tour 3 times a day as well as headphones with translated services. It was cold the day that...More

Thank Patricia E
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

A very well kept and maintained palace with unique designs with beautiful and colourful wood carvings. worthwhile going and spending the time to see it

Thank George K
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The daily Changing of the Guards is the best attraction for this Palace. I very like the way they set up a special area for the children. After the parade, do go to the front of the gate to take picture with the guards, up...More

Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Really beautiful gate, along with the palace and the vincinity area. Make sure to wait for the guards exchange, it is another bit of Korean culture you can see there.

Thank sackrebleu
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

It was mid morning in Seoul and the temperatures were way down the centigrade scale. The coldness of the atmosphere did not stop us from going the Gwanghwamun gate to watch the changing of the guards. We arrived at the gate with plenty of people...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Is you like Architecture and history this is a great place to go. Is right in front of Gwanghwamun Square. You wil find in this street museums and Sejon Center for the performing Arts.

Thank R2735PF
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

we were having greater experience when visited this place in the morning, and wait until 11 am where you can see the changing guard ceremony, very interesting

Thank 123ratna
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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 neighbourhoods.
Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area
is rich with history and culture in its palaces,
shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of
Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt.
Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue
...More
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