Green Island in the City Center

Seoul Plaza

서울광장

This formerly busy traffic intersection was remodeled into an oval-shaped grass plaza in front of City Hall that has since become one of the most important gathering points for festivals, cultural events, and political rallies in all of Korea. A wide range events, from the Hallyu Live concert series to May Day labor rallies to Kimchi making festivals to the annual Gay Pride Parade, are held here. Come winter, thousands of Seoulites visit the plaza's skating rink every weekend. 

 

The plaza is best known for its role as a site of protest. In 1919, the March First Movement, one of the first acts of resistance against Japanese rule, kicked off in front of City Hall and this tradition of protest has carried on in front of City Hall ever since. In 1987, pro-democracy activists gathered here during the June Uprising to demand the end of Chun Doo-hwan's dictatorship and free elections, and most recently, the 2017 Candlelight Protests demanding the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye  attracted a record 1.5 million people to the area around Seoul Plaza. 

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Company NameSeoul Plaza (서울광장)
Category Fesfivals & Events Family & Living Social Tour & Sightseeing
Phone+82-2-735-8688
URLs Homepage
Languages Available English
Opening HoursN/A
Closed DaysN/A

Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 110 Sejong-daero

Take Lines 1 or 2 to City Hall Station and go out Exit 5. Seoul Plaza is located directly in front of the exit.

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