November 04, 2010 11:46
The new signboard at the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul, has cracked less than three months after it was put up in time for Liberation Day on Aug. 15.
A long vertical crack is visible to the left of the Chinese character "Gwang" and cracks are also visible beneath the letter "Hwa" in the middle.
The Cultural Heritage Administration says the cracks are due to the contraction of the wood resulting from the dry autumn weather, but experts say an immature pine board was used to meet the date of completing the restoration.
The restoration was originally due for completion by the end of this year. But the date was advanced to September in time for the G20 Seoul Summit, and again for the Liberation Day, triggering speculation corners were cut.
The CHA is holding an expert meeting on Thursday to discuss repairs.
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