Gwanghwamun Square
Gwanghwamun Square
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Neighbourhood: Jongno 1.2.3.4 ga-dong
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  • Gwanghwamun • 4 min walk
  • Gyeongbokgung • 5 min walk
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  • Heng
    Singapore, Singapore3,736 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a way to pay tribute.
    Love how they line up the admiral, the king’s inventions (including the Korean language) the king and the palace. Love the positioning. Love how they carve out this area into a pedestrian walkway while the vehicular traffic passes all around it. Awesome thought process.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • bob2bkk
    Bangkok, Thailand5,975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical and Cultural Square
    If you walk north from City Hall, a couple of blocks, you will arrive at a wide mostly pedestrian square, Gwanghwamun Square. Here you will have lots of space to take in many of the historical and cultural sights of Korea. Statute of Admiral Yi Sun Sin, decorated naval officer, statute of King Sejong The Great, the Korean Cultural Center, the opera house, the Korean History Museum, and at the top of the square The Gwanghwamun gate. In addition, coffee shops and restaurants and possibly events and exhibits in the square. Educational and interesting time spent.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 August 2023
  • doctorfoxtrot
    Taguig City, Philippines8,179 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pedestrian walkway with historical value
    Nice stretch of a walkway flanked by 2 important statues. The one invented the Korean alphabet. While the other one is a sort of politics leader and war hero. Towards the end is another important historical gate. Worth the stroll and photo ops.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 December 2023
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines8,179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Nice stretch of a walkway flanked by 2 important statues. The one invented the Korean alphabet. While the other one is a sort of politics leader and war hero. Towards the end is another important historical gate. Worth the stroll and photo ops.
Written 8 December 2023
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,003 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Uptown, to explore Gwanghwamum Square, which is another major ‘spot’ for families to gather, with water features; an outdoor library; seating for people watching; etc. Pretty cool.
Written 20 October 2023
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
If you walk north from City Hall, a couple of blocks, you will arrive at a wide mostly pedestrian square, Gwanghwamun Square. Here you will have lots of space to take in many of the historical and cultural sights of Korea. Statute of Admiral Yi Sun Sin, decorated naval officer, statute of King Sejong The Great, the Korean Cultural Center, the opera house, the Korean
History Museum, and at the top of the square The Gwanghwamun gate. In addition, coffee shops and restaurants and possibly events and exhibits in the square. Educational and interesting time spent.
Written 25 August 2023
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Heng
Singapore, Singapore3,736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Love how they line up the admiral, the king’s inventions (including the Korean language) the king and the palace. Love the positioning. Love how they carve out this area into a pedestrian walkway while the vehicular traffic passes all around it. Awesome thought process.
Written 17 July 2023
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dianne c
152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We went here because I read sometimes K-dramas are shot here. It's a nice small plaza with King Sejong monument.
We saw Astro's car in the afternoon but they were nowhere to be found. So we returned in the evening, but saw Ab6ix and Ailee instead - that was fun.
Written 11 June 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Gwanghwamun square is set in the very center of downtown Seoul, between the City Hall and the same name (Gwanghwamun) Gate which is the gateway to the famous Gyeonbokgung Palace.
The square dominate two huge statues.
First you encounter is Admiral Yi Sun Shi with his sword, standing on a high pedestal in honor for leading Korea against Japanese invasion in 1592.
After him is the seated golden King Sejong the Great statue who introduced Korean letter and writing.
Great photo ops in front both with the Palace and mountain in the background.
Written 9 May 2023
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Carolina
Tucson, AZ489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Beautiful plaza with metro stations and 2 famous statues of King Sejong seated snd Admiral Yu Sun si with his sword. It is in front of the Palace South Gare in front of the USA Embassy and the center for the Performing Arts. Because it was December, they were decorating the square with booths to shop and inflatable lighted characters. Metro stations around and below the history of both the King snd the Admiral
Written 27 December 2022
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JHL
Seoul, South Korea8,838 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It's been renovated after a long closure. They say it's much better than before. But, I think the previous version isolated by symmetric roads.
There are water fountains, benches and some other things added. I don't know if they are really necessary.
Written 21 September 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,088 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
On my walk through the newly renovated square, or better called a plaza, it was crowded mostly be locals, many with young children. Lots of the children were cooling themselves by playing in the water fountains.
Written 3 September 2022
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WindSister04
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This is a great plaza that connects statues of Admiral Yi and King Sejong; good opportunity for pictures. That said, it is currently under construction (April 2021) and looks like they won't finish until sometime in 2022. Looks like they're getting rid of vehicle traffic on one side of the plaza and are expanding the area to create a pedestrian and performance venue. The statues are blocked off from access and there are a lot of temporary walls erected around the construction site. Guess it will be ready to WOW tourists again when the world has gotten the pandemic under control. The museums under ground (accessible via the subway pathways) ARE still open, so there's that option as well.
Written 26 April 2021
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