|Title||KOREA'S #1 NATIONAL TREASURE SET TO RE-OPEN APRIL|
Korea’s #1 National Treasure Set to Re-Open April
Toronto, Canada. February 11th, 2013. – On February the 10th, 2008, Sungnyemun gate, Korea’s first national treasure, was destroyed in a fire. The disastrous fire was broadcast around the world with images of many Koreans, both old and young in tears over the loss of their most valued treasure.
After more than 5 years in rebuilding, Sungyemun gate is set to re-open this April. The construction barriers that have stood for so many years are now down and its beauty once again visible. The rebuilding of Namdaemun’s gate was a lengthy process in which no attention to detail was left untouched. The gate was restored using traditional hand tools and methods in order to preserve tradition. In re-painting the gate, colours were considered especially important as artisans made a special effort to revive the colors and tones that were prevalent in the early days of Joseon, when the gate was first built.
A ceremony celebrating the completion of the gate’s restoration will be in held in April once several auxiliary buildings including disaster prevention facilities are completed.
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