Tuesday, February 12, 2008

South Korea Will Be In Mourning

This morning my mum alerted me to the destruction of Namdaemun this yesterday. It is/was South Korea's National Treasure No.1.

Associated Press article
AFP article
Guardian UK article

President-elect Lee Myung-Bak, a former city mayor, said after touring the site, "This is a symbolic place that people want to visit whenever they come to Seoul."

I visited it whenever I went to Seoul. It was a magnificent structure and had stood the test of time for 600 years and survived the Japanese annexure and Korean War. Last time I was there I took heaps of photos but none of them really did it justice. I feel for the Koreans' loss.

The Koreans, being a proud people, will rebuild.

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