Sejong Gallery

Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

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 into what's going on in the local contemporary-art scene. The sculpture garden behind the complex is also a pleasant place to hang out with some interesting pieces.

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Nearby Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu attractions

1. 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…

2. King Sejong Statue

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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…

4. 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. Cheong-gye Plaza


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…

7. 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…

8. Hammering Man

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Constructed from 50 tonnes of steel by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, this 22m-tall superman of a blacksmith built in 2002 is caught still in the…