Gwanghwamun Square

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