Friday, July 16, 2010

Gwanghwamun Unveiled !!!

The metal structure is still there but all panes have been removed : for the first time in my life today, I see Gwanghwamun as it was meant to be.

Gwanghwamun is gracious - I realize how the concrete gate proudly erected decades ago to hide the Japanese Government building was far from the original.

The roof is slander and aerial, much closer to the palace buildings than to the Sadaemun (four city gates), and more in the elegant Changdeokgung line than the impressive Gyeongbokgung style. Gwanghwamun Square and Sejongno are now completed.

Fantastic news for Seoul. It was worth waiting... and even hurrying*.

Seoul Village 2010

* see "
Gwanghwamun restoration : too bballi bballi ?"

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