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"Dongdaemun or Heunginjimun" Heunginjimun Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate Tip by jckim


The Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) has built fortresses and gates that surround Seoul to protect the city and Heunginjimun is one of them, located in the West. Widely known as Dongdaemun and built in 1398, it was repaired in 1453, and renovated in 1869 by King Gojong to its present form. Detailed decorations that are very weak and thin represent well the post-Joseon style of architecture. Another point where you can see the representation of Joseon dynasty style is ornamentation in pavilion. This gate has an outer wall which was used to defend the gate in battle and it is the 1st national treasure of Korea along with Sungnyemun.

Address: Heunginjimun Gate 69, Jongno 6(yuk)-ga, Jongno-gu,
Directions: Dongdaemun area, It is the most large scale clothing market place in Korea.
Phone: +82 2-2148-1823

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  • Written Mar 17, 2008
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