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. Put Sungnyemun Gate into our Seoul road trip tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Seoul.
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The gate is right beside a 5 street intersection; the entrance to the gate is on the opposite side from the intersection. I wandered for a bit before finding it. Once in (which was quick as there... more »
Sungnyemun is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. Located in the heart of Seoul. more »
Pretty much same as all the other gates. But this is in surrounded by modern buildings and new age landscape all around. It's a nice blend of the old and the new merging together at this epicentrical point. This gate was also being guarded by the royal guards with whom you can take pics and selfies as long as you don't disturb them much. They will happily let you pose beside them but please be respectful of them and their duty. There's a mural drawn on ceiling inside the gate depicting a dragon flying through heaven. I am not sure if this is the case with all the gates or it was just unique with this gate.
Very Nice, it's amazing to see this spectacular monument in the middle of the city. The past and present are connected in this place.
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