Both Admiral Yi, King Sejong to Stand in Gwanghwamun

    January 12, 2009 09:02

    Statues of Admiral Yi Sun-shin (left) and King Sejong


    Statues of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and King Sejong will adorn the Gwanghwamun Plaza when construction is completed by July this year. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the decision Sunday, saying 62.8 percent of votes in a survey last month favored statues for both men.

    The original plan announced at the end of 2007 was for the statue of King Sejong currently in the Deoksu Palace to be moved to behind the statue of Admiral Yi and in front of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. But that met opposition from the Design Seoul Committee in January 2008 and a meeting of advisors the following month. The city government has since gathered opinions from experts and citizens alike.

    “In online and offline surveys of citizens and experts between July and November last year, 36.6 percent favored the idea of having the statue of Admiral Yi. The idea of having both statues was a close second with 34.3 percent, and therefore we carried out additional surveys,” a spokesman said.

    The Gwanghwamun Plaza will be 34 m wide and 550 m long running from Gwanghwamun through the Sejongno boulevard to Cheonggye Plaza.

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