King Sejong Statue

Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

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 leads down to an underground exhibition with sections on the king and Admiral Yi Sun-sin (1545–98), whose statue is at the southern end of the square.

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Nearby Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu attractions

2. Gwanghwamun Square

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This broad, elongated square provides a grand approach to Gyeongbokgung and is used for various events (as well as protests). Giant statues celebrate two…

3. Sejong Gallery

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The regularly changing exhibitions at the gallery in the Sejong Center, the largest cultural complex in Seoul, are generally worth a look for an insight…

5. Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Statue

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This statue is a downtown landmark. Seoul-born Yi Sun-sin (1545–98) designed new types of metal-clad warships called geobukseon (turtle boats), and used…

6. Gwanghwamun

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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…

7. Cheong-gye Plaza

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Houses the towering pink-and-blue shell artwork and landmark entitled Spring. Part of the Cheong-gye-cheon pathway, there is always movement day and night…

8. Cheong-gye-cheon

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With its landscaped walkways, footbridges, waterfalls and a variety of public artworks, such as the enormous pink-and-blue shell entitled Spring in Cheong…