<p><br> Heavy traffic surges past the historical landmark Dongdaemun—the Great East Gate—in central Seoul. Originally built in 1396, the current structure was reconstructed in 1869.</p>

Dongdaemun


Heavy traffic surges past the historical landmark Dongdaemun—the Great East Gate—in central Seoul. Originally built in 1396, the current structure was reconstructed in 1869.

Photograph by Heimo Aga

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See Seoul photos in this gallery from National Geographic’s Ultimate City Guide for Seoul.

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