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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Dongdaemun Gate (Great East Gate)




Since a disastrous 2008 fire destroyed the Sungnyemun (Namdaemun) Gate, the Dongdaemun Gate is the one of only two of Seoul's old main city gates still standing,
More properly called Heunginjimun, the gate has a history going back to 1396, when Seoul's old city walls were first constructed, although the current structure dates from 1869.
The gates consists of a solid stone base with a two-story wooden superstructure. a half moon wall wal built in front of the gate used for additional defense. Unfortunately, the gate is not usually open for public.

How to get there :
Dongdaemun station (Seoul subway Line1,4) Exit 6

Text : Visit Korea Year, Seoul.
Photo by Maria Margareta

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