King Sejong Statue
A statue of the revered scholar king (1397–1450) sits regally on a throne in the middle of Gwanghwamun. An entrance at the statue's base...
Gwanghwamun Square Underground Exhibition
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Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
One of Seoul's leading arts complexes with several performance and exhibition spaces puts on major drama, music and art shows –...
Samjeon Hoejeon Chobap
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Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu · interesting places nearby
Gwanghwamun Square information
This broad, elongated square provides a grand approach to Gyeongbokgung and is used for various events (as well as protests). Giant statues celebrate two national heroes: Admiral Yi Sun-sin , 1545–98, who stands atop a plinth at the square's southern end; and King Sejong , 1397–1450, who sits regally on a throne in the middle of the square. An entrance at the base of the King Sejong 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.