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Gwanghwamun

Gwanghwamun is the largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace and one of the most identifiable and popular landmarks in Seoul. This imposing structure is the main entrance to the historic palace and adjacent to Gwanghwamun Square. The changing of the guards at the gate is a favourite sight for both tourists and locals, as it gives a glimpse into Korean military tradition. Gwanghwamun was built in 1395 in the earliest years of the Joseon Dynasty, but has been destroyed and restored several times. Gwanghwamun Square is a place to meet friends, enjoy a stroll, or people-watch whilst nibbling on lunch.

  • Venture under the massive Gwanghwamun gate, known to have been first constructed in Seoul in the late 14th century and boasting impeccable ornamental architecture in traditional wood over granite walls.
  • Enjoy a summer stroll along the musical fountain walkway of Gwanghwamun Square, where visitors can admire the statues of Admiral Lee Sun Sin and King Sejong the Great.
  • Spend a day exploring the palace grounds of Seoul’s legendary Joseon-era royal palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, home to beautiful architecture, glistening ponds, and two national museums.

Gwanghwamun Gate, the square, and the Gyeongbokgung Palace complex are all located at the northern end of the main street Sejong-daero. The surrounding neighbourhood is known as Palpan-dong and is home to many of Seoul’s historic and cultural attractions. Changdeokgung is some blocks to the east, which makes for a great day trip. Seoul has a good subway system with stations in most areas of the metropolitan area. The Gyeongbokgung subway station is located within a few steps from Gwanghwamun, whilst the Gwanghwamun subway station is just a block south and served by a different subway line.

Hotels in Gwanghwamun

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From US$164

1 The Plaza Hotel Seoul

5 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

119, Sogong-ro Map

FREE Internet Access

The Plaza Hotel Seoul invites discerning travellers to luxurious accommodations with urban design and corporate facilities in the central district. Conveniently located, this boutique hotel allows... More

Family trip
very good and pleasant staying. good location, polite stuff
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From US$105

2 Metro Hotel Myeongdong Seoul

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

14 Myeongdong 9 ga-gil, Jung-gu Map

Free Wi-Fi

Cozy, stylish and centrally located, the newly renovated Metro hotel has everything guests want for a Seoul trip. With a convenient downtown setting located in Myeongdong, the heart of Seoul,... More

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3 Lotte Hotel Seoul

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4.6 / 5 5 reviews

1, Sogong-dong Map

FREE Wi-Fi & High Speed Internet Access

With luxurious accommodations and top-notch facilities in a central location, Lotte Hotel Seoul makes for an ideal base when visiting the South Korea capital for work or play. Guests at the Seoul... More

Good location, lovely hotels, staff needs more training.
It's a great hotel in a very convenient location. Room is very clear, a bit small though. Will appreciate more lights. Staff speaks ok english but not very details with information. We were told...
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From US$97

4 Hotel Shinshin Myeongdong Seoul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 11 reviews

Namdaemun-ro 5gil, (93-43, Bukchang-dong) Map

FREE Internet Access & Wi-Fi

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Awesome hotel with even more awesome staff
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From US$78

5 Hotel Rian Insadong Seoul

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4.5 / 5

26, Supyo-ro 18gil, Map

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6 Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong Seoul

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16, Myeongdong, 9-gil, Map

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Very pleasant stay
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7 Fraser Suites Insadong Seoul

4 stars
3.5 / 5 6 reviews

272, Nakwon-dong Map

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Awesom family trip
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8 Koreana Hotel Seoul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews

135, Sejong-daero Map

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Convenient Location
One reason I stay here is because of location. Easy to get in get out. I think some improvements can be made to be better hotel. Happy hour food in executive lounge needs improvement. I don't see...
28 Jul 2014
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9 Center Mark Hotel Seoul Insadong

4 stars
4.3 / 5 25 reviews

38, Insadong 5-gil, Map

Free Internet Access with Wi-Fi

Featuring top-of-the-class accommodations just a short stroll to Gyeongbok Palace, Center Mark Hotel Seoul Insadong makes for an ideal base when touring the South Korea capital. While in this... More

Location and Service
With just one and a half days in Seoul we needed to minimise our travelling time to the different sightseeing places. Centre Mark Hotel was ideally placed allowing us to walk to most sights. But...
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10 Hotel Aventree Jongno Insadong Seoul

3 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

65-1, Gyeonji-dong Map

FREE Internet Access & Wi-Fi

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Convenient and spacious room
close to Myeongdong (10-15 mins walk), close to subway station (2-3 mins walk), clean and spacious room, able to fully open two 30" luggages in deluxe room, 7-11 convenience store at the hotel lobby
25 Feb 2015
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