Gwanghwamun Square

Gwanghwamun Square is a historical landmark at the center of Sejong-ro which expands from Gwanghwamun Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace to  Sejongno Sageori. Statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun-Shin who are two of the most influential and respected people in Korean history can be found here. Since I studied Korean language, I am more curious about King Sejong whose most notable contribution is the invention of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet.

Aside from the Hanguel alphabet, scientific inventions of King Sejong such as the celestial globe, the rain gauge, and the sundial are on display in front of his 9.5-meter bronze statue. Behind the statue, there are six columns with golden carvings of his accomplishments and on the edge of the Square is the Waterway of History or Yeoksamulgil.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government successfully created a public space that gives us a glimpse of Korean history which blended well with the beautiful view of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukak Mountain. Gwanghwamun Square is also famous for its nighttime scenery so I will definitely come here again next time I visit Seoul to experience its transformation at night when the statues and fountain are both lit up with colorful lights.

King Sejong's Statue
King Sejong’s Statue
King Sejong's scientific inventions in front of his bronze statue.
King Sejong’s scientific inventions in front of his bronze statue.
Sundial
Sundial
Rain Gauge
Rain Gauge
Celestial Globe
Celestial Globe

King Sejong

King Sejong Statue and the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.
King Sejong Statue and the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukak Mountain.
King Sejong's columns with gold carvings depicting his accomplishments during his reign.
King Sejong’s columns with gold carvings depicting his accomplishments during his reign.
Waterway of History (Yeoksamulgil)
Waterway of History (Yeoksamulgil)

Operating Hours:  00:00-24:00 (All year round).

Admission:  Free

Directions (Subway): 

A) City Hall Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 3 or 4.
B) Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5).
C) Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6.

Visit the following links for more details:

http://m.visitseoul.net

https://english.visitkorea.or.kr

http://www.visitkorea.com

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