Gwanghwamun

Historic Building in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

The impressive main gate to Seoul's premier palace is flanked by stone carvings of haechi, mythical lion-like creatures traditionally set to protect the palace against fire; they never really did work and, appearances to the contrary, are superfluous today as the gate is now a painted concrete rather than wood structure. Changing of the guard ceremonies occur every hour, on the hour between 10am and 4pm here.

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