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“King Sejong Statue” in Gwanghwamun, Seoul (Photo)

The Gwanghwamun area in Seoul is one of the bustling commercial districts representing the city. Gwanghwamun, in particular, was the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty. It was a bustling gathering place for people during that time.

Currently, Gwanghwamun Square has been developed into a venue for various events. In Gwanghwamun Square, you can encounter statues of two prominent figures who played significant roles in Korean history: Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong the Great.

An introduction to the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin has been provided in the past. This time, let’s take a closer look at the statue of King Sejong.

“King Sejong Statue”

In front of Sejong Cultural Center stands a statue of King Sejong the Great, measuring 6.2 meters in height, 4.3 meters in width, placed on a 4.2-meter pedestal, with a weight of 20 tons. This statue conveys the spirit of creating a culturally advanced nation with creativity and practicality.

Below ground, there is a permanent exhibition hall called “Sejong Story, Chungmugong Story.”

King Sejong the Great, the king of the Joseon Dynasty who left a legacy by creating Hangul (the Korean script), stands guard over Gwanghwamun Square. With the Gwanghwamun gate, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the Blue House visible in the background, it is also a popular spot for taking photographs.