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Seoul, South Korea - Evening Traffic in Front of Gwanghwamun

Evening Traffic in Front of Gwanghwamun

Gwanghwamun (Korean: 광화문) is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), in downtown Seoul. The gate has a long history and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The first version was constructed in 1395, in its present form it was opened to the public in 2010. It is very easy to find, because it is located on Gwanghwamun Plaza and there is a subway station of the same name, serving Seoul Subway Line 5. The Gyeongbokgung Station on Seoul Subway Line 3 is even closer to the gate.

Gwanghwamun Plaza is a large public open space and the gate is not the only landmark worth photographing there. Not far from the gate you will also see the statue of King Sejong the Great. He is famous for the introduction of Hangul – the phonetic alphabet for the Korean language. Before Sejong, Koreans mostly used the Chinese script.

If you’re on Gwanghamun Plaza and feel like taking a nice walk, the beautiful Cheonggyecheon stream is very near.

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