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Surrounded by offices of glass and steel, the historic Sungnyemun Gate is one of Seoul's most iconic landmarks.

Namdaemun, officially known as the Sungnyemun (literally Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon Dynasty. The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul City Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun market is next to the gate.

The gate, dating back to the 14th century, is a historic pagoda-style gateway, and is designated as the first National Treasure of South Korea. It was once one of the three major gateways through Seoul's city walls which had a stone circuit of 18.2 kilometres (11.3 mi) and stood up to 6.1 metres (20 ft) high. It was first built in the last year of King Taejo of Joseon's reign in 1398, and rebuilt in 1447, during the 29th year of King Sejong the Great of Joseon's reign.[1]

In 2008, the wooden pagoda atop the gate was severely damaged by arson.[2] Restoration work on the gateway started in February 2010 and was completed in 29 April 2013.[3] It was officially reopened on 5 May 2013, after a five-year restoration period.[4]

Namdaemun, officially known as the Sungnyemun (literally Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon Dynasty. The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul City Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun market is next to the gate.

The gate, dating back to the 14th century, is a historic pagoda-style gateway, and is designated as the first National Treasure of South Korea. It was once one of the three major gateways through Seoul's city walls which had a stone circuit of 18.2 kilometres (11.3 mi) and stood up to 6.1 metres (20 ft) high. It was first built in the last year of King Taejo of Joseon's reign in 1398, and rebuilt in 1447, during the 29th year of King Sejong the Great of Joseon's reign.[1]

In 2008, the wooden pagoda atop the gate was severely damaged by arson.[2] Restoration work on the gateway started in February 2010 and was completed in 29 April 2013.[3] It was officially reopened on 5 May 2013, after a five-year restoration period.[4]

Sungnyemun Gate (Namdaemun Gate) (숭례문)

숭례문(Sungnyemun)

South Gate of Seoul, or called Sungnyemun 숭례문

Another effort at Sungnyemun Gate, this time with the Nikor lens and better weather.

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Sungnyemun Gate, Seoul, Korea.

May 2013.

Canon 6D.

The newly restored Sungnyemun Gate, the historic southern entrance to Seoul.

Sungnyemun (숭례문) Gate in Namdaemun in Seoul South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

 

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the entrance side of Sungnyemun gate

Sungnyemun Gate: the South Main Gate of the city walls

Sungnyemun City Gate, Seoul, Korea.

May 2013.

Canon 6D.

 

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Namdaemun, officially known as the Sungnyemun (literally Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon Dynasty. The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul City Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun market is next to the gate.

The gate, dating back to the 14th century, is a historic pagoda-style gateway, and is designated as the first National Treasure of South Korea. It was once one of the three major gateways through Seoul's city walls which had a stone circuit of 18.2 kilometres (11.3 mi) and stood up to 6.1 metres (20 ft) high. It was first built in the last year of King Taejo of Joseon's reign in 1398, and rebuilt in 1447, during the 29th year of King Sejong the Great of Joseon's reign.

In 2008, the wooden pagoda atop the gate was severely damaged by arson. Restoration work on the gateway started in February 2010 and was completed in 29 April 2013. It was officially reopened on 5 May 2013, after a five-year restoration period.

Traffic near Sungnyemun Gate in Seoul, Korea

Sungnyemun is considered the most important historical and cultural treasure in South Korea for its 600-year-old history as well as its symbolic role as protector of the king and capital, which was why it was given the official title of the number one national treasure by the government's Cultural Heritage Administration.

Sungnyemun, Seoul, Korea.

May 2013.

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South Gate of Seoul, or called Sungnyemun 숭례문

office town in front of South Gate

Surrounding its namesake gate Namdaemun (Sungryemun, Seoul's historic southern main gate), this traditional market is full of eye candies, sounds, and more. Even with my extremely limited time in Seoul on this day, I must spend some time here.

 

Volunteer tourist information guides are easily identifiable by their red parkas and hats as seen here. They wear badges that indicate which languages they can speak; the two gentlemen in front can speak a Chinese dialect and Japanese, respectively.

Namdaemun (Hangul: 남대문; Hanja: 南大門, South Great Gate), officially known as the Sungnyemun (Hangul: 숭례문; Hanja: 崇禮門, Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun market next to the gate.

Namdaemun (Hangul: 남대문; Hanja: 南大門, South Great Gate), officially known as the Sungnyemun (Hangul: 숭례문; Hanja: 崇禮門, Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun market next to the gate.

Namdaemun (Hangul: 남대문; Hanja: 南大門, South Great Gate), officially known as the Sungnyemun (Hangul: 숭례문; Hanja: 崇禮門, Gate of Exalted Ceremonies), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun market next to the gate.

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