Sungnyemun: Korea’s National Tresure No.1 Destroyed in Fire

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It was on the way to Wartburg Theological Semianry at Dubuque, Iowa (February 12). Dr. Bouzard told me that a Korea’s national tresure was burned out. I was shocked, then I looked up the news through internet. OhmyNews international news site posted the news entitled “Remember Namdaemun: South Korea’s National Treasure No. 1 Destroyed in Fire.”  The news reports:

Namdaemun is considered a national treasure by the government. I was informed that the Great South Gate was once used to protect the city. During the Joseon Dynasty, Seoul was surrounded by walls. I saw glimpses of the wall at war memorial museum. Namdaemun was the southern gate of the original walls. . . It was damaged during the Korean War. On Dec. 20, 1962, it was awarded the status of ‘National Treasure No. 1.’

The original name of Namdaemu is Sungnyemun, which means “adoration of culture.”  This fire was caused by arson.

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