Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gwanghwamun restoration : too bballi-bballi ?

The other day*, I mentioned the acceleration of operations at the Gwanghwamun renovation site.

It was not just an impression : the Korean Government wants the work to be completed by the end of July ! It already pushed for an inauguration ahead of the November G20 meeting, but now the concept is to be ready for August 15 / 8.15, Korea's Independence Day.

Fine, but we're not just talking about a yearly event, here : just like Sungnyemun, this gate was supposed to be rebuilt by scrupulously respecting traditional methods. Time was of the essence, but in a Confucian meaning, not the "빨리빨리" way.

Try to explain that to a self-proclaimed "Bulldozer"...

Seoul Village 2010

* "
Jongno-gu renovation - continued" - as a matter of fact, the finition of the walls around Sajik-dan took much more time

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