Gwanghwamun Square is a public space that celebrates Korea's heroes, history, achievements, and developments, (korean pride!) in the center and heart of Downtown Seoul.
The square was redesigned and debuted in the August of 2009 and was dedicated as a human-centered space and connects Gwanghwamun Gate with Cheonggye Square. It strategically sits naturally alongside the scenic views of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Bukaksan Mountain.
At the center of the Square sits a golden statue of King Sejong, "the Great," the 4th and most respected King of the Joseon Dynasty. He sits holding a book with his hand raised smiling. He was the creator of the Korean Hangul alphabet, and in front of the statue, his greatest inventions are displayed including scientific instruments like the sun dial, rain gauge, and celestial globe.
He's also the face of the 10,000 won note! On the side of the statue you'll see the original characters of the Hangul Korean alphabet, where some are no longer used. The statue was erected on Hangul Day! (Oct 9th 2009).
Another celebrated leader in Korea's history is Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, "the greatest military general of Korea." In front of his statue is the 12.23 fountain. The water jets in the fountain commemorate the battles he fought on sea and the fountain is named after the 23 battles he fought with 12 battleships, when he led Korea to victory during the Japanese Invasion of Korea (1592-1598).
Check out every inch of the statue as it has a replica of the battleship and an illustration of the battles. A symbolic sight of this square is in the summer months kids like to run around and play with the water jets in this fountain. It's so cute.
To further explore the significance and achievements of both King Sejong and Yi Sun-Shin, behind Sejong's Statue is a passageway for the underground & free! museum "The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall" that details his contributions!
To the left of the square is the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, one of the largest arts & culture complexes in Seoul.
The Square is a sight to see, especially for it's night views as each landmark is illuminated.
Other nearby sights:
The US Embassy:
The Gwanghwamun Gate:
The 40th Anniversary Monument of King Gojong:
Address : 서울 종로구 세종로
Seoul-si > All Area
1) City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2), Exit 3.
2) Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6 & 7.
3) Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1, 2 & 8.
* Connected to the underground exit.
Red Bus: 5500-2, 9602, 9706, 9708, 9713
Blue Bus: 103, 150, 401, 402, 406, 408, 607,704
Green Bus: 0212, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, 8000
Village Bus: Jongno 09, Jongno 11