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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Souimun is Sodeongmun. Located at Seosomun-dong.

X marked on the spot. Let's go to Seosomun-dong immediately.
Souimun a.k.a Sodeongmun (Hangul/Hanja: 소의문 a.k.a 소덕문/昭義門 a.k.a 昭德門; also known as Southwest Gate) was one of the Eight Cardinal Gates of Seoul in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon Dynasty. The gate was also known as Seosomun (서소문/西小門, “West Small Gate”). The gate no longer exists, and there is a marker placed roughly where the gate once stood.

Souimun was originally built in 1396. It was torn down in 1914 during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945). The names: Souimun and Sodeongmun mean literally "Promotion of Justice Gate" and "Promotion of Virtue Gate".

Today a marker exists roughly where Souimun once stood (July 2012). This marker is located next to a parking structure, which is adjacent to the JoongAng Ilbo (The JoongAng Daily) newspaper building, along Seosomun Avenue (Seosomunno), Seosomun-dong 58-10 beonji, Seoul Jung-gu.

Sodeongmun Site: Seoul's West Small Gate was built by King Taejo Yi Seong-gye of Joseon Dynasty in 1396 (5th year after King Taejo usurped the throne). It is known as the Souimun. In 1914, this gate was demolished by Japanese Colonists (4 years after annexation of Korean Empire by Japanese Empire)