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Gwanghwamun Gate, Seoul

#8 of 73 in Historic Sites in Seoul
Monument · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Admire Gwanghwamun Gate, the main entrance to Gyeongbokgung palace and a symbol of the long-reigning Joseon dynasty. Originally built in 1395, the gate was destroyed numerous times, most notably during Japanese invasions and in the Korean War. It has been painstakingly reconstructed from 2006 to 2010, in an effort to make it closely resemble the original. When visiting the gate, you can observe the ceremonial changing of the royal guards, a ritual performed hourly between 10 am and 3 pm. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gwanghwamun Gate and many more Seoul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Seoul trip planning website.
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  • There are 3 gates that you must enter to reach the palace. It is the Gwanghwamun Gate that is the first gate. It is not the prettiest or most intricate. However, it is the this gate that separates...  more »
  • This huge gate is the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung palace, which is the biggest among five palaces in Seoul. A changing of the guards ceremony happens at the gate at 10 am and 2 pm. You can view the....  more »
  • One of the must see places to visit in Seoul. It serves as the main entrance to the restored Gyeongbok Palace, but is also interesting in its own right. A few times a day it plays host to the changing of the guards. If you have a zoom lens then this is a golden opportunity for great close-up shots. At night it is lit up, but you will rarely see it unobstructed by a tent or poster of whatever protest is the flavour of the month.
  • The gate is stunning and a significant landmark but there is a certain energy and alluring element of this area when so many young Koreans honour their heritage and dress up in traditional clothes. It really transports you back and appreciate the area that little bit more

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