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Sungnyemun Gate, Seoul

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Surrounded by busy traffic and modern high rises in the middle of a major intersection, Sungnyemun Gate stands alone defiantly, still looking powerful and impressive. Completed in 1398 as one of the eight great gates of Seoul, this southern gate is now the only surviving of the three original gates, once part of a large 18.2 km (11.3 mi) walls surrounding the city. Occasionally, you can observe changing of the guard ceremonies in colorful costumes, as well as martial arts exhibitions outside the gate. Take a look at our Seoul road trip tool to schedule your visit to Sungnyemun Gate and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Not a must but worth stopping by if in the area.  I was doing the Seoullo 7017 walk.  Free.  This is one of the main gates of the Fortress Wall of Seoul.  After you have seen one, they all start to... 
    Not a must but worth stopping by if in the area.  I was doing the Seoullo 7017 walk.  Free.  This is one of the main gates of the Fortress Wall of Seoul.  After you have seen one, they all start to...  more »
  • C ( 20.12.16 ) This architecture was one of landmark in Seoul, and National Treasure No.1. There was not big area, but understood about Choseon's architecture shape. There was very good point to... 
    C ( 20.12.16 ) This architecture was one of landmark in Seoul, and National Treasure No.1. There was not big area, but understood about Choseon's architecture shape. There was very good point to...  more »
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  • Did a quick stopover while transiting between bus stations. Nice and quiet place in the middle of a busy city. It was not crowded when I visited on a Sunday evening. But do note that the place closes at 6pm daily.
  • Nice gate to check out on the way to Namdaemun market. Had the opportunity to see a 5 minutes re-enactment performance at 10am there

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