Gwanghwamun Square

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Gwanghwamun Square information

Seoul , South Korea
Getting there
Metro: Line 5 to Gwanghwamun, Exit 4
underground exhibition admission free
Opening hours
underground exhibition 10.30am-10pm Tue-Sun
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There are things to see above and underground at this broad elongated square that provides a grand approach to Gwanghwamun. At the square’s southern end is a statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin (1545–98) who designed a new type of metal-clad warship 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. In the middle of the square stands another giant statue, this one of King Sejong (1397–1450). Steps lead down to an underground exhibition with sections on both these illustrious Korean heroes.