Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin

Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin

Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin
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The area
Neighbourhood: Jongno 1.2.3.4 ga-dong
How to get there
  • Gwanghwamun • 2 min walk
  • Jonggak • 7 min walk
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  • bob2bkk
    Bangkok, Thailand5,927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Naval hero
    Admiral Yi Sun-sin's statute is located about 2 blocks north of Seoul City Hall in a middle of the road pedestrian square. He is considered a naval war hero in Korea. He was instrumental in defending Korea from the Japanese invasion in the early 1500's.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 September 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to miss this imposing statue!
    Located at the Gwanghawamun Square, it is difficult to miss this huge statue. Located near it is another statue, seated down. I wondered what he did for Korea to deserve such a prominent place in the Square. Took several pictures here!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Victor Over Japan Imperialism
    This larger than life statue of the great Korean admiral stands on a pedestal that’s shaped like a ship in honour of his victories over the Japanese in the Imjin War. Just in front of the statue is a water fountain spouting water from the pavement. It’s called the 12.23 Fountain, to commemorate the 23 battles he fought with 12 warships. The statue is located just south of Gyeongbokgung Palace in the popular Gwanghwamun Square.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 May 2024
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TIersHasie
Sydney, Australia857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I don't relate to Joseon history but a fun imposing figure to honour a disposed admiral that was innocently executed.

You'll see it if you're in the area.
Written 8 July 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This larger than life statue of the great Korean admiral stands on a pedestal that’s shaped like a ship in honour of his victories over the Japanese in the Imjin War. Just in front of the statue is a water fountain spouting water from the pavement. It’s called the 12.23 Fountain, to commemorate the 23 battles he fought with 12 warships. The statue is located just south of Gyeongbokgung Palace in the popular Gwanghwamun Square.
Written 23 May 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Located at the Gwanghawamun Square, it is difficult to miss this huge statue. Located near it is another statue, seated down. I wondered what he did for Korea to deserve such a prominent place in the Square. Took several pictures here!
Written 3 May 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
With a palace and the mountains in the backdrop, this is an imposing statue in Downtown Seoul.

Worth passing by if you are in central Seoul.
Written 7 April 2024
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Admiral Yi Sun-sin's statute is located about 2 blocks north of Seoul City Hall in a middle of the road pedestrian square. He is considered a naval war hero in Korea. He was instrumental in defending Korea from the Japanese invasion in the early 1500's.
Written 30 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Korea had a very turbulent history with Japan. First attack and occupation was as early as 1592.
Admiral Yi Sun-Sin was the leader against the Japs and is considered a national hero in Korea. Therefore his statue with his sword is set on a high pedestal on the central Gwanghwamun square, very close to the main entrance of the Gyeonbokgung Palace.
Written 10 May 2023
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JHL
Seoul, South Korea9,340 contributions
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Jun 2019
The statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin is locating in Gwanghwamun Square and easy to find. Standing before Gwanghwamun Gate that is the main entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace, this status has been a very significant place along witth the statue of King Sejong who created Hangul.
Written 27 May 2020
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Agnieszka G
Linden, NJ126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
winter time it is not to good to explore almost ever where :-) But I liked to see places filmed n City Hunter :-)
Written 10 February 2020
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ileannkneel
Kelowna, Canada1,059 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One of two large statues in the square, it's good for a quick pic then move on. Not to be too cynical but there are many statues of many good people around the world. I guess I am getting a little worn out.
Written 6 December 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Admiral Yi Sun-Yin was a famous Korean Admiral, the inventor of the Turtle Ships and famous for his battles and beating the Japanese during the Imjin Wars. He lived from 1545 until 1598 and died of a gun shot wound in battle.His impressive large statue stands in Gwanghuaman Square and worth a look. Yi Sun-Sin improved on the Turtle Ships that had eleven cannons on each side, two each in the bow and stern and spikes on the roof to avoid being boarded.Some historians have put him alongside Horatio Nelson as a a ship-lover leader but that may be pushing it. Better than Horatio!.Nice Statue but not as nice as the column in London.
Written 18 October 2019
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