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.
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.