December 3, 2020

Strolling Around Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul

The hugely popular Gwanghwamun Plaza is an open space with historical, cultural, and social significance. Located in the Jongno District, the plaza is known as one of the most important areas in Seoul, South Korea. The plaza houses the statues of Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong the Great. The plaza also serves as a venue for various social and cultural activities in Seoul. Surrounding the plaza are royal administrative buildings known as Street of Six Ministries.

Take a look at some of the photographs that I took during my visit to the beautiful Gwanghwamun Plaza:





Gwanghwamun Plaza

Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Plaza is very similar to a lot of plazas in most modern urban destinations. What sets it apart, however, is the fact that it is backdropped by the beautiful hills and mountains behind the Gyeongbukgong Palace.


The famous statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin stands right in the heart of the park. Directly in front of it is an elaborate fountain that adds charm and beauty to the historical spot.


A man-made ‘river’ can also be seen on the outer edges of the plaza. What makes this feature even more unique is the fact that the water flows over steel markers.


The plaza serves many social purposes. During my visit, I saw many young artists making drawings on the ground in front of King Sejong’s statue.


Exploring the Surrounding Areas

This is me enjoying the lovely weather around the plaza.


One of the most popular structures close to the plaza is the Kyobo Life Insurance Company.

This building houses the Kyobo Book Centre, Korea’s biggest book store chain.





The Kyobo Book Centre is open for all. Anyone who wants to read the books on display may do so. They just have to take good care of the books. Isn’t that cool?

Patrons reading books inside Kyobo Book Center

Stay tuned for more of my South Korea photo blogs. 🙂

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