Sungnyemun Restoration 'Lacks Key Blueprint'

      November 03, 2011 13:41

      The Cultural Heritage Administration has apparently started restoring Sungnyemun or South Gate in Seoul, which was razed in an arson attack in 2008, without access to a crucial blueprint. The administration has known where the blueprint is since 2008 but failed to obtain it.

      Drawings created by architect Choi Yong-wan during the repairs of Sungnyemun in the early 1960s

      Architect Choi Yong-wan (73) on Wednesday said he visited Korea in 2008 and brought the records that were used to dismantle and repair the Sungnyemun in the 1960s, "but the CHA looked at them, took four or five photos and said it would get back to me later. So I just went back to the U.S." Choi is now back in Korea and hopes to hand them over to the CHA.

      The Sungnyemun underwent two years of repair in the 1960s, but the blueprint was lost.

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