Seoul's Independence Gate

Dongnimmun Gate


Dongnimmun Gate, or Independence Gate, is a memorial and monument built in 1897 to celebrate the end of the First Sino-Japanese War and mark Korea's independence away from its previous status as a Chinese tributary state. It was built upon the site of the Yeongeunmun Gate, from where Chinese dignitaries had traditionally entered Seoul, making it a very symbolic location for the monument. Funding for Independence Gate's construction came from a burgeoning group of liberal Korean nationalists known as the Independence Club, who sought to maintain Korea's sovereignty, and was designed by Korean independence activist Soh Jaipil. 


The gate is modeled after Paris' Arc de Triomphe and incorporates the pillars of the old Yeongeunmun Gate into its design. It was a symbol of Korea's aspirations to maintain its sovereignty and independence from the gang of foreign powers that were vying for control of the country at the end of the 19th-century. It stands at 14.28 meters in heights, and a myriad of Mugunghwas, the national flower of Korea, are planted all around its base. It was originally located 70 meters to the southeast, but was moved and restored by the Korean government in 1979. It's located right next to the Seodaemun Prison History Hall, a museum dedicated to the history of Korea during Japan's brutal colonization of the country in the first half of the 20th-century.



Company NameDongnimmun Gate (독립문)
Category Outdoors & Adventure Tour & Sightseeing
Languages Available English

251 Tongil-ro, Cheonyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea 251

Take Line 3 to Dongnimmun Station and go out Exit 4. Seodaemun Independence Park, where Independence Gate is located, will be on your right.

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