Gauteng Tourist AttractionsGandhi Square
Where? Between Rissik Street and Eloff Street in Johannesburg Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Gandhi Square is both a popular tourist attraction and a busy urban hub of commercial and retail activity. It is situated in the heart of the Central Business District of Johannesburg, and is about 25 minutes from both Sandton (a commercial epicentre) and the OR Tambo International Airport, which welcomes millions of international visitors every year.
Gandhi Square was named after the historical giant, Mahatma Gandhi. This Indian leader was a notable human rights activist, who played an integral role in changing the mindset of so many. In fact, much of what he said and believed continues to influence the values and ideals of so many today. The main focal point of this square is the large statue of Mahatma Gandhi in its centre. At 2.5 metres tall, this statue portrays the man dressed in his legal attorney robes, standing tall and proud as he overlooks the square.
This was part of an urban renewal initiative aimed at improving the inner city of Johannesburg. It began with the bus terminal being revamped, and grew from there. Today, Gandhi Square continues to act as the main central bus terminus for Metrobus. However, it is so much more. It is lined with exciting shops, vibrant bars, inviting cafés, and convenient banking institutions.
The area around it is equally abuzz with shops and office buildings, and crowds of locals and tourists create a hub of activity. The Carlton Centre skyscraper is here, measuring an astounding 223 metres, home to one of the largest malls in the city. On the 50th floor, visitors can stand on the Top of Africa viewing deck and have their breaths taken away by the incredible views.