Gwanghwamun Plaza

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Address: Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

How to get there: the Gwanghwamun Station Exit 9 directly connects to the plaza via the Haechi Madang

Operating Hours: all day

Entrance Fee: free

The Gwanghwamun Plaza has a historic significance for the Joseon Dynasty. This was a street of high importance because all the six ministries are located along it.

Today, a combination of corporate, cultural, and political buildings can be found on either side of the plaza. These include the Sejong Center for Performance Arts, Embassy of the United States of America, Kyobo Book Center, and Deoksu Elementary School to name a few.

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A very prominent statue of King Sejong can be found in the middle of the plaza.

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And just behind the statue are entrances to an underground museum that celebrates King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun Shin. There is a video that highlights what King Sejong was able to do for Korea.

His most notable achievement could be the establishment of Hangul as a form of writing and language.

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There were also chalkboard art where you can write whatever you want to!

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Admiral Yi Sun Shin is also one of the important figures in Korean history. He is known for his skills and leadership in naval battles and has garnered admiration not only from Koreans but also from the Japanese as well.

His museum is also in the underground alongside the materials regarding King Sejong.

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Admiral Yi Sun Shin’s monument has a fountain behind it. This must be in relation to his prowess on water battles.

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The Gwanghwamun Plaza was a good break from the tour about the old Korea. The great big plaza with its surrounding buildings could be like a symbolism of traveling into the present but retaining the glory of the past.

These free museums help in the dissemination of Korea’s culture. Not only are they nice to look  at, they can also teach you a thing or two.

The museum also has some concepts that are turned into games so that you can relive and be part of Korea’s past.

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