Gwanghwamun Square 광화문광장

서울특별시 종로구 세종대로 지하 172 (세종로) | Jiha 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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Free

  • Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 1/2/8). 2 mins walk.

  • City Hall Station (line 1/2, exit 3/4). 8 mins walk.

  • Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3, exit 6/7). 9 mins walk.

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The 555m long and 34m wide Gwanghwamun Square is divided into six sections. At its center stands the statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sunshin.

Gwanghwamun Square - Statue of King Sejong | Seoul, South Korea

King Sejong the Great is the fourth and most respected king of the Joseon Dynasty and creator of Hangeul (Korea's alphabet).

 

Admiral Yi Sun-shin is a naval commander noted for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598) and a hero among Koreans. 

Gwanghwamun Square - Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shi | Seoul, South Korea

This area was once Yukjo-geori (Avenue of Six Ministries), the center of Hanyang which was the capital city during the Joseon Dynasty. Nowadays, it is home to the Government's major administrative departments.

 

Originally, the area was a 16-lane roadway but in 2009, Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to create a landmark national square by transforming 10 lanes of the roadway into a public space where locals can rest and socialise.

You can do a leisure walk from City Hall Station or LOTTE Department Store to Gwanghwamun Square and visit Deoksugung Palace (+Deoksugung Stone-wall Road) and Cheonggyecheon Stream along the way.

 
Getting to Gwanghwamun Square & Location Map | Seoul, South Korea

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