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Impressive statue with fountains

This is an impressive statue located in the centre of the city and the great thing about it is that... read more

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Great pose of a great seafaring Admiral

I just liked the pose of Admiral Yi Sun- Sin as he appears as this bronze statue on Gwanghwamun... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Sejing-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gwanghwamun / Jongno
+82 2-3991-1146
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Admiral Yi is a very famous Korean naval commander who supposedly outnumbered 133 warships to 13, and forced into a last stand with only his minimal fleet standing between the Japanese Army and Seoul. He was considered one of the most strategic commanders in history...More

3  Thank Shelliu
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 March 2015

This statue commemorates the Korean Naval commander who defeated the Japanese in several key naval battles in the past. One of two grand statues at Gwanghwamun Square, the other being King Sejong the Great.

2  Thank HarrisChai
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never heard of this famous 16th-century Korean admiral until I visited Gwanghwamum Plaza, where his bronze statue anchors its southern end. But now I know that Admiral Yi Sun-Sin has a fascinating background, including incredible military achievements during the Imjin War (1592-96) when...More

1  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an impressive statue located in the centre of the city and the great thing about it is that there is a museum underground here where you can also learn so much about Korean history. The statue is very close to the statue of...More

1  Thank SurfingWild
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just liked the pose of Admiral Yi Sun- Sin as he appears as this bronze statue on Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. As a hero from the sixteenth century, he is celebrated for his triumphs against the invading Japanese.

1  Thank Eyekaytoo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a small statute which you'll automatically pass by when visiting the Gwanghwamun district. There's a year-long protest going on nearby the statute, so make sure you do not offend people there by taking photos like tourists. There's always somekind of protest going on...More

Thank TravelingLia
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is recommended to start your Seoul trip here along with the statue of King Sejong the Great and then walk to the main palace. There is a nice and free museum under the two statues that tells you about these two great Korean men....More

Thank Calvin C
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Around the country we have discovered statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Si, here in Seoul and Busan, this sixteenth century naval commander is famous for the major part he played in defending the country from the Japanese. The Admiral's bronze statue stands high on a pillar...More

1  Thank kpiddy
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The 17 m bronze statue stands in Gwanghwamun Square and in front of it there are many small water fountains that go up and down ( a favorite place for children to play in the water). The admiral was a famous hero who made his...More

1  Thank palawanismyhome
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

The Naval Commander who is credited for several decisive victories and ultimately sacrificing himself in a war with the Japanese in Nov 1598. His come commemorative statue is rightly placed in front of King Sejong’s statue who is in front of the palace, being the...More

1  Thank KhiamYeongH
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Admiral Yu Sun-Sin is a hero of war against Japan- not in a modern time, but about 400 years ago. There is a museum of his legend nearby (underground), which is quite instructive.

1  Thank kimitakas
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is a site you will not miss on your way to other activities. Located in Gwangwamun next to palaces and markets.

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul,
Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s
most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being
one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich
with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and
temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square
with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of
you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and
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