Fun at Gwanghwamun Square

by Paris Norris
Stripes Korea

One of my favorite places to visit, thus far, is Gwanghwamun Square located across from Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul.

Visit it at night for a spectacular view of the fountain surrounding the historical statue of Admiral Yi Sunshin, or during the day and see the many people posing in front of the enormous statue of Korea’s beloved King Sejong.

Behind the statue of King Sejong, there is an entryway leading to “The Story of King Sejong” exhibition hall, which I didn’t discover until my third visit. Journey inside to learn the history of the great king and his creation of Korea’s most treasured possession, Hangeul.

The hall is fantastically designed and filled with various activities. Go for a tour of the museum led by one of the many foreign-language volunteers, check-out an MP3 audio guide and become entranced by the story of King Sejong, The Great, admire the Hangeul artwork displayed throughout the museum, or relax with a beverage from the café attached to the gift shop.

I enjoyed the 4D Experience Hall the most. The hall is a vivid display of war through the eyes of Admiral Yi Sunshin. There’s also a 3D movie that will appeal to all of your senses, though you might get a little wet.

If it is your first time in Seoul, I definitely recommend venturing to Gwanghwamun Square.
 

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