Gate Gwanghwamun Tours

Originally built in 1395 by the first Joseon king, Gwanghwamun is the main gate to Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest of the five Joseon Dynasty palaces. After being destroyed twice by fire and war, the gate that stands today was rebuilt in 1968 using concrete and steel instead of the original granite.
 
The Basics
As one of Seoul’s most prominent landmarks, Gwanghwamun Gate is featured on most sightseeing tours of the city, along with Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Myeongdong, and Jogyesa Temple. Korean and foreign visitors alike come to Gwanghwamun Square to see the gate with Inwangsan Mountain in the backdrop, as well as the imposing statue of King Sejong the Great, inventor of the Hangul alphabet, seated on his throne.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Gwanghwamun is a must-see for history buffs, families, and first-time visitors.
  • Both the gate and the changing of the guard are free, but Gyeongbokgung Palace charges an entrance fee.
  • The gate and palace are wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available for rent.
 
How to Get There
The gate’s central location in the heart of Seoul makes it easy to reach via public transportation. The most convenient way to get there is to take the metro to City Hall Station (Lines 1 and 2), Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3), or Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5). Several public buses also stop nearby.
 
When to Get There
Plan your visit to Gwanghwamun to coincide with the changing of the guard, a ceremony that occurs hourly from midmorning until mid-afternoon. If you’re visiting during the summer, plan to visit early in the day to avoid the heat.
 
Gwanghwamun Gate and the Japanese Occupation
For many Koreans, Gwanghwamun represents a tragic chapter in Korean history. In 1926, during the Japanese occupation of South Korea, the gate was destroyed to make way for a Japanese government building. The gate was rebuilt in a different location in 1968, then moved to its original spot as part of a $24 million renovation in 2006.
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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

Experience the best of the South Korean capital and explore with ease on this full-day tour of Seoul. Visit Jogye Temple, pass by The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Bugak Skyway, and Myeongdong with no more than 15 people for a personalized, small-group experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Seoul Highlights City Tour

Discover top attractions and hidden secrets in South Korea’s buzzing capital on this full-day Seoul highlights tour. Travel with your guide to Gwanghwamun Gate and learn of Joseon Dynasty history while enjoying the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Admire traditional Korean architecture at Gyeongbok Palace, pass the Blue House — South Korea’s seat of presidential power — and enjoy a lunch of seasonal local food. Explore Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s premier shopping districts. Visit Namsangol Hanok Village and admire traditional Korean houses. Then, head to N Seoul Tower for panoramic views over Seoul and the surrounding mountains.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$85.00 USD
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Seoul Street Food Walking Tour

Stroll the streets of Seoul while munching on authentic Korean street food during this 3-hour tour. A small group limited 12 fellow travelers ensures an intimate experience. All food tastings and rice wine or a soft drink are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$89.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course

The royal palaces dotted around Seoul are widely considered among the South Korean capital’s most important sites of interest. With this hop-on hop-off  bus ticket, save time and effort reaching palaces including Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gwangwhamun, and enjoy the freedom to jump on and off the service at your leisure. With buses every 25 to 30 minutes and on-board audio guide bringing Seoul’s history to life, you can visit all the grand palaces in one day in comfort.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$18.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

This full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul showcases the best of Korea’s history, culture and traditions. Led by a guide, see the city’s major landmarks, including Jogysea Temple and Gyeongbokgng Palace, National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guards during a stop at Gwanghwamun Gate and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch with your fellow travelers in Insadong. Your full-day tour also includes stops at an amethyst factory, as well as a traditional ginseng center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

Explore the highlights of Seoul on a full-day tour with an informative guide. Highlights include Jogyesa Temple, the Blue House, the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate, and tours of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in traditional culture at the National Folk Museum, Insadong Antique Street, and at Namdaemun Gate and Namdaemun Market. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$76.00 USD
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village

Admire South Korea’s palace architecture and learn of life in the country’s capital on this 3-hour Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village walking tour. Stroll to Gwanghwamun Gate and visit Gyeongbokgung Palace. Listen as your guide details Joseon Dynasty history and admire traditional construction techniques. Visit the National Folk Museum of Korea and discover over 98,000 artifacts detailing South Korea’s history. Head between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village. Peer inside traditional houses and learn about Korean lifestyles from the past to the prefect day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Best of Seoul - Private City Tour Including Nanta Show

Discover the top attractions and hidden history of Seoul, and take in a performance of ‘Nanta’ — the play taking the city by storm — on this private 7-hour tour. Explore Seoul by private vehicle, beginning with lunch at the Gwangjang Market. Afterward, take in other sites of interest, including the Blue House and Bukchon Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and listen as your private guide shines a light on the powerful Joseon dynasty. Then take your seat for a showing of ‘Nanta’.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$109.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour

Spend a morning in Seoul visiting highlights including Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the National Folk Museum. You'll also stop for photo ops outside the Presindential Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) and Gwanghwamun Gate during the changing of the guards. Your 3.5-hour tour includes transportation, entrance fees, guide, and hotel pickup. You will be dropped off at either City Hall or Insadong. 
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$33.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul City Private Full-Day Tour Including Lunch

Join this privately led tour of Seoul and discover some of South Korea's renowned cultural gems. See the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and tour Gyeongbokgung Palace; stroll around Bukchon Hanok Village and Insadong; and visit Jogyesa Temple and N Seoul Tower. The full-day itinerary will lead you through the ages, from ancient city to modern-day capital.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$69.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

Delve into Korean traditional culture on a full-day tour from Seoul. Visit Jogyesa temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, and the Korean Folk Village, and see the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), and the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate. Includes lunch, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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$87.00 USD
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