Namdaemun gate destroyed

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Namdaemun gate destroyed

Postby notjim » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:49 am

The Namdaemun gate in Seoul has been destroyed by fire!

This is sad, the Namdaemun gate was practically the only monument to survive Seoul's various difficulties, it was 610 years old. On the other hand, the Koreans have a different attitude to rebuilt structures, the palace complex is accepted as genuine even though it burnt to ashes and rebuilt in 1910.
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Re: Namdaemun gate destroyed

Postby ctesiphon » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:33 pm


But you're right about their attitude to historic fabric, as has been discussed on here not too long ago. This sentiment just about sums it up:

The two-tiered wooden structure was renovated in the 1960s, when it was declared South Korea's top national treasure, and again in 2005.

"There is no problem in restoring the gate to its origin," Kim Tae-young, an administration official said
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