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Coordinates: 37°33′44.78″N 126°58′19.23″E / 37.5624389°N 126.9720083°E / 37.5624389; 126.9720083

Souimun Gate historical image, Seoul, Korea.jpg
Korean name
Revised Romanization Souimun
McCune–Reischauer Soŭimun

Souimun (Hangul 소의문, Hanja 昭義門; also known as Southwest Gate) was one of the Eight Gates of Seoul in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon Dynasty. The gate was also known as Seosomun (서소문, “West Small Gate”). The gate no longer exists, and there is a marker placed roughly where the gate once stood.


Souimun was originally built in 1396. It was torn down in 1914 during the Japanese colonial period.

The name Souimun means literally “Promotion of Justice Gate.”[1]

The site today[edit]

Souimun, Memorial marker, showing JoongAng Ilbo building in background.

Today a marker exists roughly where Souimun once stood (July 2012). This marker is located next to a parking structure, which is adjacent to the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper building, along Seosomun-ro (street), in Jung-gu (district), in Seoul.


  1. ^ "The Gates and Walls of Seoul". Korean News Today.