Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Namdaemun Burns

Namdaemun, the South Gate of Seoul, is a structure over 600 years old, part of the remnants of the ancient Palace and city wall. There are 4 gates around which the modern city has been built, but the South Gate, in the center of Seoul, was it's most prized.
On Sunday night, February 10, 2008 at around 10pm, it went up in flames. As was discovered afterwards, the arsonist was an old man with a grudge against the government about land compensation.
My boyfriend Sean and I happen to be flicking through TV channels when we stopped at a news station. Although unable to understand what was being said, we recognised the building in flames, and went for the short walk to go and see it in real life.

Namdaemun/Sungnyemun as it was in 1904.
A night shot of the gate in modern times.
Monday morning, after the blaze.

1 comment:

Queen of the Squirrels said...

oh, new template.

Also, sad at the gate burning - it looked really beautiful in those pictures.