February 08, 2011 12:48
The Cultural Heritage Administration on Monday unveiled additional plans to restore the Sungnyemun or South Gate in Seoul. A total of 69 m of wall to left and right of the gate destroyed during the Japanese colonial period will be restored, and the foundation of the gate will be lowered to the level it used to be in the mid- and late Chosun Dynasty, revealing traces of old structures from the early Chosun Dynasty at 1.6 m below the current level.
The Sungneymun, also known as Namdaemun, was severely damaged in an arson attack on Feb. 10, 2008.
Under the plan, the foundation will be lowered by 30 to 50 cm from the current surface level as remaining parts of old structures from the early Chosun Dynasty were excavated there in June last year, which will be visible under protective glass.
A plan to build an exhibition hall to show the history of Sungnyemun, including the charred debris from the fire, is also under review. The CHA will hold a conference on the site on Wednesday to explain the progress of the restoration project and demonstrate restoration techniques
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