November 26, 2015 11:39
A traditional Korean Pavilion is likely to become another landmark of downtown Berlin.
"A pavilion to wish for the reunification of the two Koreas was built at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and a completion ceremony was held on Wednesday, with some 200 officials and guests in attendance," said an official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Wednesday.
Potsdamer Platz used to be a barren piece of land before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now, it is a vibrant and bustling part of Berlin, mingled with modern buildings by world renowned architects such as Helmut Jahn.
The pavilion was built in central Berlin where the Berlin Wall used to stand. Standing from the Pavilion, there is a view of the Brandenburg Gate, which is just one km away.
The pavilion was built with pine timber, roof tiles and stones brought from Korea.
Berlin rented out the space for the construction for free for two years at the request of the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin, and will review whether to renew the lease at a later date.
The roof tiles have messages from over 100 German citizens including former East German prime ministers Hans Modrow and Lothar de Maizière for the peaceful reunification of the two Koreas.
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