So if you didn’t hear about it on the news- lots of kids and I’m sure fellow Korean teachers, were depressed because their country’s #1 cultural treasure was burned down by an angry, 70 year old man. The entire wooden structure collapsed.
One of my first weekends in Seoul, I was lost and wandered upon Namdaemun and I’m glad I got to see it before it was gone. They’ll rebuild it, but it’s still very sad.
Seoul is dominated by modern high-rises and cement; a lot of their historic landmarks were destroyed by the Japanese invasion and then the Korean war in the last century.
Namdaemun which means “Great Southern Gate,” was the main southern entrance to the old city, when it was walled.