Seodaemun Independence Park is located in Seoul beside Seodaemun Prison Hall. Seodaemun Independence Park was created to celebrate Korea’s independence and sovereignty. During the Joseon Dynasty the park was the site of the Mohwagwan Hall which was used to greet and entertain Chinese Envoys and later became Dongnipgwan (Independence hall) which was destroyed during the Japanese occupation. The Independence Hall has been rebuilt and now houses over 3000 tablets with the names inscribed of people who fought for Korea’s Independence. One of the main highlights of the Independence Park is Dongnimmun Gate (Independence Gate). The gate was built to replace Yeongeunmun Gate, which was used to greet the demanding Chinese envoys. Dongnimun Gate was built in 1896 and modelled on the Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France. Also at the park there are statues dedicated to Korean Patriots and a memorial tower dedicated to the people in the March 1st Movement.
Opening Hours / Admission
Open 24 hours a day all year round.
How to get to Seodaemun Independence Park:
Take line 3 to Dongnimmun station and leave exit 4. The park is located beside Seodaemun Prison Hall.
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