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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. 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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  • It is the main gate of the Palace Gyeongbukgung. Imposing building that one must go through to enter the Palace.
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  • Lots to see in the distance near the Gwanghwamun station is also getting a heck of a lot cleaner, a lot of stagnant vehicle instead of a good distance. But still good
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  • The gate is very imposing (as they should be) and wonderfully decorated with intricate designs and colors. Arrive early in the morning to have the area all to yourself.  more »
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  • Amazing history in this palace. Always have events to show. Enjoyed the performance training. Beautiful landscape and very central location
  • Must see in Seoul as these are the remains of the Joseon dynasty. The houses in the palace are mostly alike and there is not much to see inside, but it is more about the context. Some of the houses are closed and you can only walk by. Take the English tour if the map alone is insufficient. There is a change of the palace guards a few times a day. This is quite the attraction and you attend the ceremony for free.
  • Worth checking out! If you dress up in the traditional Hanboks you get to get in free until the palace. Worth checking out the changing of the guards it happens twice a day. I believe it's at 10am and 2pm if I'm not mistaken The grounds are huge! So plan about an hour or 2
  • My kids (8 and 3) enjoyed their walk through the palace during our one day visit to GWM gate. This is a beautiful piece of Korean history. Anyone that visits Seoul should allow a day for the palace.
  • A good place for historic lovers. Guard changing ceremony is the best thing you can see there. It is in the first square just inside the gate. You can see it without ticket. The crew will change two times. One At 10:00 AM and at 14:00 hours
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