Sungnyemun, also known as Namdaemun (South Gate), re-opened to the public this weekend after being closed 5 years ago and undergoing $22 million of repairs. The gate is located in northern Seoul and was originally built in the 14th century.
It originally functioned as one of the 8 gates surrounding Seoul and is now considered the premier asset – National Treasure No. 1. We can expect heightened security to prevent someone from walking in with a ladder, a lighter, and paint thinner as had happened on Feb. 10,2008.