November 15, 2010 10:13
The statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin in Gwanghwamun Plaza in downtown Seoul was removed by a 200-ton crane at 10 a.m. on Sunday for the first time 42 years after it was set up. Some 6.5 m high weighting 8 tons, it was transported to a factory in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province for repairs.
Before removing it, Seoul City covered the statue, which stands on a 10.5 m pedestal, with a protective cage and firmly fixed it by placing about 20 hydraulic cylinders between the cage and the statue to reduce shock and vibration.
The statue was transported to Icheon by a 2.75m wide and 12.3m long low-vibration trailer at 20-30 km/h.
It returns to the plaza on Dec. 22 after about 40 days of repair and reinforcement. The city will set up a 3 m long, 3 m wide and 6 m high rectangular column in the place where the statue stood and display actual-size photos of the statue on all four sides.
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