Gwanghwamun Square [광화문광장], also known as Gwanghwamun Plaza, is a public space located in the center of Sejong-ro, Jongno, Seoul. It is framed by the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Sejongno Intersection and is framed by Sejong Center for the Performing Arts [세종문화회관] among others.
The square is mostly known for its two landmark statues. In its center stands the statue of King Sejong the Great of Joseon and 250 meters behind it, the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin with its 12.23 fountain.
Gwanghwamun Square is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Sejongno [세종로] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].
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Geolocation: 37.572291, 126.976859
Gwanghwamun Station [광화문역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 9
Entry section, Gyeongbokgung Palace’s main gate
Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo) lands here several times when time-travelling from Joseon times in Queen In-Hyun’s Man (인현왕후의 남자) (tvN, 2012); as seen in episode 1 and 13.
The preview for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛) (KBS2, 2016) was filmed here with Crown Prince Hyomyeong (Park Bo-gum) doing the Boombastic dance.
The preview of Manhole (맨홀-이상한 나라의 필) (KBS2, 2017) was also filmed here.
Statue of Admiral Yi Sun Shin [광화문광장 이순신장군동상]
Lee Jung-in (Han Ji-min), Yoo Ji-ho (Jung Hae-in) and his son Yoo Eun-woo (Ha Yi-an) pass by here on their way home after having met Jung-in’s family in final episode 32 (full episode 16) of One Spring Night (봄밤) (MBC, 2019).
Na Wang-sik (Choi Jin-hyuk) calls Min Yoo-ra (Lee Elijah) from a telephone booth close to here in episode 9 of The Last Empress/Empress’s Dignity (황후의 품격) (SBS, 2018-19) and asks her to meet up.
Cha Hyun-o (Shin Hyun-soo) rushes by this statue on his bike in episode 2 of Twelve Nights (열두밤) (Channel A, 2018) on his way to see the sunrise early in the morning on the third day of his short 4-days stay in Seoul in 2010.
This statue is seen in the entry part of episode 1 of Radio Romance (라디오 로맨스) (KBS2, 2018).
This statue figures in the background when Joseon acupuncturist Heo Im (Kim Nam-gil), finds the remains of his clinic Haeminseo in 2017 close to Gwanghwamun Square [geolocation: 37.568927, 126.977361] after time traveling in episode 1 of Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo/Deserving of the Name (명불허전) (tvN, 2017).
Lee Yoon-sung (Lee Min-ho) makes a stop here when arriving in Seoul in episode 1 of City Hunter (시티헌터) (SBS, 2011) — while Kim Na-na (Park Min-young) passes out flyers just a couple of meters away from him.
Kim Hyeon-jun (Lee Byung-hun) and Kim Sun-hwa (Kim So-yeon) come to Gwanghwamun Square to find the bomb planted here by terrorists in episode 17 of IRIS (아이리스) (KBS2, 2009); we see the statue in the background.
Also seen in Flower Boy Next Door (이웃집 꽃미남) (tvN, 2013).
Statue of King Sejong the Great of Joseon
The test run of AR Game Next in South Korea in episode 7 of Memories of the Alhambra (알함브라 궁전의 추억) (tvN, 2018-19) takes place right in front of this statue. While a couple of players fight different warriors (which is monitored by Park Sun-ho (Lee Seung-joon) and his team from a distance), Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun-Bin) drives by and shoots all opponents as player Zinu.
This statue is seen in the face-off between Kim Hyeon-jun (Lee Byung-hun) and Kim Sun-hwa (Kim So-yeon) and the terrorists in episode 17 of IRIS (아이리스) (KBS2, 2009).
We also see the statue in the backdrop when Choi Hee-jin (Yoo In-na) parks her car because she has a panic attack at the moment that Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo) takes his life in Joseon times in final episode 16 of Queen In-Hyun’s Man (인현왕후의 남자) (tvN, 2012).
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Geolocation: 37.570943, 126.976923
— submitted by Marion KDL
— photos by © by Mich & Marion KDL