The Story of King Sejong at Gwanghwamun Square

Alright, it's time to continue from where I left off on our trip to South Korea.  Do you remember my post about Gyeongbokgung Palace?  Well, when we were standing in front of Gwanghwamun Gate, we decided to take a detour from going to Bukchon Hanok Village to visit the statue at Gwanghwamun Square.  

View of Sejong Road from Gwanghwamun Gate

We actually didn't know how to get to Bukchon Hanok Village from our current location, so when we passed by the police officer, I took this opportunity to ask for help.  I have no qualms asking for help when we're lost, and he was really helpful.  (Tangent:  We once walked around Harajuku with a bunch of our guy friends and were lost for half an hour looking for a particular ramen restaurant.  It wasn't until we asked for help that we found it in 5 minutes, which we had passed at least 2 or 3 times during our search for it!)  

Figuring out how to get across the street to Gwanghwamun Square.

Sejong the Great is the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty, reigning 1418-1450.  During his reign, he created Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and made significant advances in the military, science, and art.   

Hongsang (Celestial Globe)


View of King Sejong with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugaksan

Behind the statue was an entrance that led us underground to The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall.  This video playing on the wall was our first sight entering the museum.

As we were looking at the exhibits, this friendly man decided to become our tour guide  He was really sweet and so excited to talk about King Sejong's achievements.

Singijeon (Ancient Korean Rocket)

Our stomachs started grumbling while we were admiring the achievements at the exhibition hall, so we decided it was time to grab lunch and find Bukchon Hanok Village.

The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall
Location:  81-3 Sejong–ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Getting There:  Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 1, walk towards Gwanghwamun / Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 6, walk towards Sejong-ro / Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit2, direct access from station
Phone:  82-2-399-1154
Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday:  10:30am - 10:30pm / Sunday & Public Holidays:  10:30am - 8:30pm

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