Gwanghwamun station

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Gwanghwamun station
Gwanghwamun Station
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGwanghwamun-yeok
General information
Location83 Doryeom-dong,
12 Sejongdaero 23 gil,
Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operated bySMRT
Line(s)     Line 5
Structure typeUnderground
Key dates
December 30, 1996     Line 5 opened

Gwanghwamun Station is a station on the Seoul Subway Line 5 in South Korea. It is not the closest subway station to the actual gate of Gwanghwamun, for which it is named. It is located next to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

This station boasts the most traffic of all Line 5 stations.[citation needed]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit
Lobby Customer Service, Shops, Vending machines, ATMs
Westbound Line 5 toward Banghwa (Seodaemun)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Line 5 toward Sangil-dong or Macheon (Jongno 3 (sam)-ga)


Entrance to Haechi Madang at exit 9 in Gwanghwamun Plaza


In January 2013, the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation, which operates the line, distributed free guidebooks from the station. These were printed in three languages: English, Japanese and Chinese (simplified and traditional), which features eight tours as well as recommendations for accommodations, restaurants and shopping centers.[7]

Nearby tourist attractions include: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Cheonggyecheon and Kyobo Book Centre.[8]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  3. ^ Han, Sang-hee (26 August 2010). "Gwanghwamun Kyobo opens after revamp". Korea Times. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  4. ^ Murthy, Rishika (22 September 2011). "Seoul's 6 coolest subway stops". CNN Travel. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Don't abuse our new plaza". Joongang Daily. 1 August 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  6. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (26 July 2009). "Gwanghwamun Plaza to Open Saturday". Korea Times. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. ^ Kwon, Sang-soo (26 January 2013). "Free guide for Seoul's subway riders". Joongang Daily. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  8. ^ Rachel Sang-hee Han; Frances Cha (17 December 2012). "13 things you've got to do in Seoul". CNN Travel. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
Preceding station   Seoul Metropolitan Subway   Following station
toward Banghwa
Line 5
toward Sangil-dong or Macheon

Coordinates: 37°34′17.7″N 126°58′35.7″E / 37.571583°N 126.976583°E / 37.571583; 126.976583