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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Heunginjimun a.k.a Dongdaemun

Haruna, I warn you NOT to destroy this gate! You'll make the Koreans more angry!
Heunginjimun, (Hangul/Hanja: 흥인지문/興仁之門) literally "Gate of Rising Benevolence" or more commonly known as Dongdaemun (Hangul/Hanja: 동대문/東大門), is one of the The Eight Cardinal Gates of Seoul in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, a prominent landmark in central Seoul, South Korea. The Korean name "Dongdaemun" means "Great East Gate," and it was so named because it was the major eastern gate in the wall that surrounded Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty. Please note that gate is NOT located at Dongdaemun-gu. It is located at 288 Jongno 6-ga in Seoul Jongno-gu. The structure was first built by King Taejo Yi Seong-gye during his fifth year of reign (1398). It was renovated in 1453, and the current structure is the one rebuilt in 1869.

In August 2011, the roof of the gate was partially damaged by record rainfall. The rain-inflicted damage includes chipped roof's ridge. An official of the Cultural Heritage Administration stated that "The aged gate underwent repairs in 1998 and seems to have become soaked in heavy rains".

Today, the area around Dongdaemun known as Dongdaemun Market includes upmarket shopping districts as well as several underground shops, stalls and markets that are open for much of the day and night. It has grown into the largest shopping center in South Korea. In 2007, the City of Seoul started Dongdaemun Design Project (DDP), to renovate what used to be Dongdaemun Stadium (an amateur baseball park) into Dongdaemun History and Culture Park for the preparation of World Design Capital Seoul 2010. With world-famous architect Zaha Hadid's design, when completed this structure is expected to be one of the most notable landmarks in downtown Seoul.

Heunginjimun is located at the intersection of Seoul Metro Lines 1 and 4 (128 and 421), at Dongdaemun Station (동대문역/東大門驛). The gate is within easy reach of exit 1 or exits 6-10 of this station.