Gwanghwamun Plaza Festival 2009 광화문

According to Wikipedia, Gwanghwamun (광화문) is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. This gate has gone through multiple periods of destruction and disrepair. Gwanghwamun is undergoing renovation, which is started in December 2006. The aim of the renovation is to complete the task of erasing any evidence of the Governor General building having been on the site and to restore Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbkgung Palace, to its original wooden construction with meticulous historical accuracy. Through 3 years of renovation finally it opened on 1 august 2009

The idea design of the gwanghwamun plaza and Admiral Yi Sun-shin

Night View of Gwanghwamun

1 August 2009, there is the opening day for the Gwanghwamun Plaza to the public. For Korean people Gwanghwamun is a place that used to represent the authority of the royal court during Joseon Dynasty.

There is variety of event performed on 1 August 2009. “A day when citizen, Seoul and Korea hopes come in”. The opening ceremony celebrated with “Light Opening Performance”, and 10M Seoulites Chorus. The most thing impressed me on that night is, after the lighting ceremony held, a huge flag be flown in the air.

Kids play around the Landmark of Gwanghwamun Admiral Yi Sun-shin

Korean Traditional Dance Performance
Huge flag flown in the air
It was great time for us to joined the celebration, although there is crowded and hot but it was a valuable experienced for us to witnessed the opening of Gwanghwamun Plaza after 3 years renovation.

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