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.