Gwanghwamun Square

Plaza running through the heart of downtown
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A view down Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul

A view down Gwanghwamun Square

Gwanghwamun Square is a public area located in the heart of central Seoul that features museums, statues, restaurants, and beautiful surrounding views.

Plans to convert the area into a pedestrian only square first surfaced in February, 2004. It was not until April, 23 2008 that construction began. Construction took 15 months at a cost of 44.5 billion won ($41,785,500).

The redesigned square, which is bordered by Sejong-ro street, reopened to the public on August 1, 2009. The pedestrian only area was designed to work in harmony with the surrounding scenery such as the Bukaksan Mountain.

Statue of King Sejong and Gwanghwamun Gate at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul

Statue of King Sejong with Gwanghwamun Gate in the background

Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Gate are located at the northern end while Cheonggye Plaza is located at the southern end.

The square measures in at 20,000 sq. meters (215,000 sq. feet). It takes about 10 minutes to walk the entire length without stopping.

United States Embassy building at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul

Embassy of the United States of America

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Sights

40th Anniversary Monument Of Gojongs Enthronement

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The 40th Anniversary Monument of Gojong's Enthronement was built to honor the 40th anniversary of the crowning of Gojong as the 26th Joseon Dynasty king. Gojong became king on December 13, 1863 at the age of eleven. His father, Heungseon Daewongun, ruled for him until he was an adult in 1873.

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Gwanghwamun Gate

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Gwanghwamun Gate is the imposing main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. The gate has been rebuilt many times over the years but remains an icon of Seoul. Construction began in 1395 at the beginning of the Joseon dynasty. It quickly became one of the most important gates of the Joseon Dynasty since it guarded the main palace.

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Statue Of Admiral Yi Sunshin

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Walking south of the statue of the great King Sejong brings you to the towering statue of Admiral Yi Sunshin, also known as Yi Sun-sin. The statue is officially named 12.23 Fountain in honor of the 23 battles he fought using 12 warships. Yi, born on April 28, 1545, is best known for his military achievements during the Imjin War.

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Statue Of King Sejong The Great

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The statue of King Sejong the Great is a golden statue located on Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul near Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Gate. This much respected fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty reigned from 1418 to 1450.

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Directions To Gwanghwamun Square

  • Option 1
    Take Subway Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station (Exit 2).

    Option 2
    Take Subway Line 1 to Jonggak Station (Exit 1).
    Continue for 450 meters to reach the square on the right.

    Option 3
    Take Subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station (Exit 6).
    Continue 260 meters towards Gyeongbokgung Palace to reach the square on the right.

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  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) of Gwanghwamun Square : 37.574389, 126.976815.
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