Statue of Sejong the Great, Seoul

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Look up and admire Statue of Sejong the Great, a large statue of the revered ruler, and a focal point of the large, ceremonial square that surrounds. In front of the 9.5 m (31.2 ft) statue of the king, who ruled from 1418-1450 CE, sit a number of inventions that came into use during his progressive and technologically-minded reign, including a celestial globe, rain gauge, and sun dial. Best known as the inventor of the Hangul alphabet, several inscribed characters mark the stone plinth on which the king, seated on a throne and smiling, sits. Put Statue of Sejong the Great into our Seoul trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Seoul.
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  • August 5, 2017
    A nice monument to the this great respected Korean. There is a small museum or information center on his inventions and achievements. Very nice place to learn about some Korean history.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    In another post re: Gwanghamun Square, I mention that there is a museum that you can enter for free for a great cultural experience. I highly recommend the King Sejong Exhibit Hall which is located at...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Remember to visit the museum under the statue. That is the most interesting part, the history of King Sejong and the history of battles at sea with the Japanese navy.  more »

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