New Gwanghwamun Plaza Opens Saturday

      July 31, 2009 11:24

      Gwanghwamun Plaza will open to the public on Saturday after a year and three months of sprucing up at a cost of W44.5 billion (US$1=W1,237).

      The plaza features a 162 m long and 17.5 m wide flower carpet consisting of more than 200,000 flowers. The exact number, 224,537, represents the number of days from Oct. 28, 1394, the day when the Chosun Dynasty moved the capital city to Seoul, to the opening day of the plaza.

      Lee Kwang-se of the infrastructure headquarters at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, "We consulted examples in foreign countries like the Grand Place in Brussels but planted fresh flowers and decorated the garden with traditional dancheong design."

      The flower carpet starts from the entrance of the plaza just across Gwanghwamun and ends just behind the statue of King Sejong. The statue will be erected on Hangeul Day on Oct. 9, 250 meters behind the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Around the King Sejong statue will be a space for an exhibition displaying information about his life and achievements.

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