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Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul

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Take a walk through Gwanghwamun Square, a pedestrianized urban space marked by a fountain, statues, and surrounding architectural highlights. Opened in 2009 as part of a wider environmentally friendly renovation project, the square acts as a meeting and sightseeing spot in the center of town, with its main fountain offering a particularly scenic aspect to the downtown area. Monuments include a statue of the famous naval commander, Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, and one of King Sejong the Great, a revered ruler who was instrumental in the propagation of the Hangul alphabet. Make Gwanghwamun Square part of your personalized Seoul itinerary using our Seoul attractions planner.
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  • October 6, 2017
    The concrete median features statues of a king and a general. Protesters usually surround them. These are something to take in on your way to the palace or maybe Insadong.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Seoul is by Gwanghwamun square, not on. What is the only thing that's not ... Once in front of the Palace, a bustling street in right next to it is a place where you feel unusual. Lots of restaurant around the ball when I go up and down by a heck of a lot of places where that is.
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  • October 4, 2017
    It is a very scenic place and popular with tourists. Around this area you can find many shops. The place can be easily reached using subway.  more »

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