Monday, February 11, 2008

National Treasure No. 1

Sungnyemun, otherwise known as Namdaemun, is an historic gate in Seoul (built in 1395) that was classified as National Treaure No. 1 in 1962. Sadly, the entire wooden upper section of the gate was destroyed by fire the night before last. It had been the oldest wooden structure in the city. I took this photo in July last year and post it in memory of this once beautiful structure.


Jim said...

I read about this today. Is so sad.

Phil said...

Yes, this is terrible loss made more so by the fact that it appears that it was an act of arson by a man disgruntled with the way he was treated by the Government.