Officially known as Sungnyemun, which translates to “Gate of Exalted Ceremonies”, Namdaemun Gate is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul. This historic structure dates back to the Joseon dynasty in the 14th century and features a pagoda-style gateway with a wooden and stone construction.
Originally one of the three major gateways through Seoul’s historic city walls, it showcases a rich history that has led to its designation as the first National Treasure of South Korea. Stroll through the Namdaemun Gate and admire the rainbow-shaped paulownia gate in the middle and trapezoidal shaped roof.
The Namdaemun Gate is easily combined with a visit to some of Seoul’s other historic attractions, including Deoksugung, a storied palace with a popular Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony. You can also easily reach Seosomun Park from the gate, which offers shaded walking paths and peaceful picnic spots.
The Namdaemun Gate is located near the centre of Seoul and is a five-minute walk from the Sungnyemun Gate bus station, which is serviced by the N15 bus. It’s also just under 1.5 hours from Seoul Airport, best reached by catching the local buses.