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Gwanghwamun Square

Liv Blessing
Gwanghwamun Square is both amazing and one of the most important things to see while in Seoul. You don’t have time to visit every major palace and museum in Seoul, but this palace both palaces and museums in one spot. The Square itself is fascinating; because this is such an important place politically and culturally, the streets are lined with different political protests. When I was there, you saw a long row of cages marked with signs protesting North Korea’s treatment of its citizens. It is quite literally a square, in the center is a long grassy strip with two large, very famous statues. Then at one end you will find Gyeongbokgung Palace. Tips 1. Plan Your Time Wisely o Arrive about 8:30 a.m. You can explore the Square and take a couple of pictures there before heading up to the palace when it opens at 9:00 a.m. If you are there for the opening, you usually can watch the changing of the guards, involving the traditional ceremony and guards in traditional dress. o You can’t see everything; if you try, you’ll never have time to do anything else. So, carefully choose which palace buildings you visit. o Don’t bother with a guided tour! The signs are in English and there are maps in many languages (including English), which is all you really need. Just grab a map and brochure, and set off on your own. o If you get hungry, pick up an ice cream or some other snack (including fruit) at their stands to tide you over (It’s pretty cheap, I promise). 2. The Blue House At the back of the palace grounds, there will be a large gate (#28 on the map). Outside the gate lies the Korean Presidential Residence with a Blue Roof (Their version of the White House). Lot’s of people stop by to take pictures of it (and watch the guards). Extra Information • Price (One ticket covers entrance to all the palace buildings and museums, but keep the stub to show at the museum gates) Group (10+) = 2,400 Won Adults (19+) = 3,000 Won Children (7-18) = 1,500 W