Gwanghuimun gate was one of the small four gates that made up the Fortress wall that surrounded the palaces, city and protected Seoul from invaders. It is one of the less known gates and doesn’t get much attention due to the much bigger Dongdaemun Gate situated nearby. Gwanghuimun was built in 1396 in the southeastern part of the walled capital. The gate was rebuilt in 1711 and the gatehouse was completed in 1719. The gate house and battlements around it were destroyed during the Korean War, only to be restored in 1976. The current Gwanghuimun gate is located slightly further south of the original site due to roads being built there.
How to get to Gwanghuimun Gate:
Take line 2 or 4 to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station and leave exit 3 or 4 and follow the map below.
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