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Gwanghwamun Gate, Seoul
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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. With our custom trip planner, Seoul attractions like Gwanghwamun Gate can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • 啟動說走就走的第一站就是尋找晚上住宿的商旅,出了市政廳站第一個遇到的景點就是光化門和市政廳廣場,光耗在那的時間就玩了許久,也狂拍了不少照片,要不是趕著要Check in ,怎麼可能放過這麼好的天侯,一定是玩自拍玩到瘋,還好這是第一天,接下來還有四天的行程可好好玩,快先找到預定的商旅唄! 
  • When visiting the Gyeongbokgung first time-starting with the first gate-Gwanghwamun-you start to experience some kind of thrill and excitement from the upcoming tours. But if the Gyeongbokgung is capable of a few more visits this feeling save, then Kvanhmamun later perceived simply as a "door".
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  • It's nothing special, 2 minutes is enough for this place, so if you don't plan to go to the palace behind it, no need to go there. 
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  • The door of the principal palace is located in the city center. Surrounded of skyscrapers, and people wearing hanbok (traditional costume) it is a perfect combination of traditions and modern culture. It is highly recommended to visit that area if you are visiting Seoul.
  • The main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace which has stood still for hundreds of years but torn down during the japanese colonial rule. Rebuilt several times to make what it used to be in the ancient times.
  • Time your visit do that you can catch the timing of changing of guards ceremony. Every hour sharp from 10am onwards till 4pm everyday except Tuesday. You can take photo with the guards but can't touch them.
  • Very interesting place, you might walk all the way to City Hall and lotte hotel
  • If it's your first time to korea and you want to know more about the Korean culture then this is a place to go! Free tour included with the ticket