Heunghwamun Gate is the front gate of Gyeonghuigung Palace. When originally constructed, it faced east and was located at the current site of the Salvation Army building. In 1932, during the Japanese occupation, the gate was relocated to a shrine known as Bangmunsa who honored Ito Hirobumi.
Ito Hirobumi, who was four times the Prime Minister of Japan, went on to become the first Resident General of Korea (1905-1909) during the occupation of Korea by Japan.
In 1988, Heunghwamun Gate was moved to its current location and designated as Seoul Tangible Cultural Property Number 19.