Seoul, Korea: The Gwanghwamun Square and the Flea Market

We soon  found out that Gyeongbokgung Palace is just adjacent to Gwanghwamun Square. It's a public area located in the center of central Seoul, which was opened to the public on August 2009.

Gwanghwamun Square

statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin with Gwanghwamun Gate in the background

Gwanghwamun Square is surrounded by high rise buildings and several subway stations.

In the middle of the square is a 9.5m bronze statue of King Sejong, the fourth monarch of the Joseon Dynasty who invented the Korean alphabet, hangeul.

King Sejong statue

"The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall" is accessible at the back and underneath the statue, which details Sejong’s invention of hangeul and his other contributions.

Behind the statue, there are six columns with golden carvings depicting the King's major accomplishments.

There is also a statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, a naval commander noted for his victories against the Japanese invasions of Korea.

Admiral Yi Sun-Sin

Luckily, while walking around the square we stumbled upon a flea market. So we ventured into the covered tent and it was actually overwhelming seeing multiple food stalls selling mostly various Korean snacks.

potato tornado for sale

We had a grand time looking over these delicious treats and managed to try some of it. The spiral fried  Potato Tornado was pretty addictive!

Gwanghwamun Square
Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
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