January 24, 2006 18:38
The built-up Gwanghwamun area of downtown Seoul is soon to undergo a transformation, while the mountain behind Cheong Wa Dae will at long last be open to all under new beautification projects for the capital by the Cultural Heritage Administration.
The main gate to Gyeongbok Palace that gives the area its name will be rebuilt to its original specifications as a wooden structure and moved back to its original site. The administration's director You Hong-june unveiled the plans for Seoul's reinvention as a historic city on Tuesday.
The hill behind the presidential office will be opened incrementally 38 years after it was closed off to the public.
Gwanghwamun, which was moved from its original location and rebuilt with reinforced concrete in 1968, will be restored to its rightful place in front of the Gyeongbok Palace by 2009. Some 2.5 km lost to the originally 18.2-km long Seoul city walls will be restored. Since 1975, a 10.5 km section has been rebuilt.
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