Gwanghwamun Square

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Gwanghwamun Square information

Seoul , South Korea
Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu
Getting there
Subway: Line 5 to Gwanghwamun, Exit 4
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Upgraded in recent years this broad, elongated square provides a grand approach to Gyeongbukgong and is used for various events (as well as protests). Giant statues celebrate two national heroes: Admiral Yi Sun-sin , 1545–98, whose stands atop a plinth at the square's southern end; and a statue of King Sejong , 1397–1450, who sits regally on a throne in the middle of the square. An entrance at the base of the statue leads down to an underground exhibition with sections on both the men.

King Sejong is revered as a scholar king of unmatched abilities. Admiral Yi Sun-sin designed new types of metal-clad warships called geobukseon (turtle boats), and used them to help achieve a series of stunning victories over the much larger Japanese navy that had attacked Korea at the end of the 16th century.