The Sungnyemun Gate, built by Taejo, the first king of the Joseon Dynasty, in 1398, serves as the main gate of a castle that surrounds the capital of Joseon, Hanyang, now known as Seoul, South Korea.
Eight major gates were built in the castle, but because it was the southernmost of them, it was also called Namdaemun, and its name has been inherited even today.
It was designated as the “National Treasure No. 1” in 1962 as Korea’s oldest castle gate.
Although it collapsed on a large scale in the arson incident in February 2008, it was restored to the public on May 4, 2013 after five years and three months of restoration work.
Nowadays, a ceremony called the “The restoration ceremony” is held in the square, and is popular with tourists from all over the world.
Opened in 2005, Sungnyemun Square was a place for citizens to relax, as well as tourists, as well as many office workers and family members taking a walk during lunch breaks.
The restoration ceremony on May 4, 2013 was held at Sungnyemun Square, and since June 2016, the ceremony has been held regularly.
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※Closed on Monday
5 minutes on foot from Subway Line 4 Hoehyeon Station Exit 5.
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