Monday, March 30, 2009

A Few Random Posts on Seoul I - The Dongdaemun Gate




I know this blog is called China Rhyming and not Korea Rhyming but I just spent a few days in Seoul, mostly eating, and so a few Seoul Posts will follow like it or not. I’m a Seoul fan – particularly of the restaurants and street food - but haven’t had an excuse to visit for a few years so it was nice to reacquaint myself over the weekend.Sadly, since I last visited the Namdaemun gate in the centre of the city has burnt down - spectacularly in a 2008 arson attack - and remains shrouded in hoardings so I assume restoration is still ongoing.


However, the Dongdaemun (Great East Gate) still stands (above) and is worth a note. Originally called Heung-injimun (“Gate of Uplifting Mercy” or “Benevolence”), it once served as the main eastern gate in the wall surrounding Seoul. First built in 1397, renovated in 1453 and was rebuilt in 1869 in its present form. Most people probably don’t make a visit to the Dongdaemun but probably stumble across it after visiting the extensive Dongdaemun Market. It’s now in the middle of a roundabout but still fairly imposing and worth a stroll to see.


A Few Random Posts on Seoul II - Seoul Train Station

A Few Random Posts on Seoul III - Insadong



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