Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun), Seoul

3.2
Historic Site · Landmark
Observe one of the landmark entrances of the old citadel, Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun)--a defensive gate designed to protect the important government compound within. First constructed in 1396, the gate underwent reconstruction in 1869. It displays many architectural and design hallmarks of the late Joseon period, including a semicircular outer wall, known as an ongseong, which provides extra protection. The only gate of the city's eight to have this feature, the edifice also boasts heavily decorated brackets supporting the hipped roof on each of its two floors. Arrange to visit Dongdaemun Gate (Heunginjimun) and other attractions in Seoul using our Seoul online vacation builder.
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  • There are several of these gates along Seoul. There is not really nothing amazing to see here. No directions, No history to be shared or told on the spot, noone to guide you or instruct you about...  more »
  • We have viewed this east gate both during the day time and in the evening. Of course it is more impressive at night all lit up. The gate was originally constructed around 1396 during the Joseon...  more »

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