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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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  • Interesting as statues go, but for me worth mentioning is the revived stream with a gushing waterfall (frozen in the winter) nearby. Locals sit in the shade of the bridge and dip their feet in the wat...  more »
  • I thought it was a great statue and great for pictures. We had gone to visit the palace which is within walking distance. There were a lot of school children there. If you use the hop on hop off it is...  more »
  • The statue of Sejong the Great was erected on the square recently in 2009. Author is sculptor Kim Young-won. The authors established the 9-meter bronze statue on a concrete pedestal. We can find under...  more »