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Monday, 5 August 2013

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Part III: Hwaseong-Jangdae (Bleached by the Arrancars!)

This female centaur-arrancar hybrid will defend this fortress from any enemies.
Koreans need cavalries though.

Seojangdae (Hangul/Hanja: 서장대/西將臺), meaning western command post, sits atop Mount Paldal, a small hill over which the higher section of Hwaseong runs. This gate is also known as Hwaseong-Jangdae (Hanja: 華城將臺). It is the counterpart for Dongjangdae a.k.a Yeonmudae.

Construction began on August 11, 1794 and was completed in just over a month on September 29, 1794. King Jeongjo personally wrote the sign that hangs above. This location was defended by troops who observed the nearby area for any signs of enemies. In honor of his father (Crown Prince Sado - Designated King Jangjo of Joseon), Jeongjo commanded troops from this location on February 12, 1795.

Seojangdae was destroyed by a fire in 1996 and was reconstructed afterwards. However, on May 1, 2006, an arsonist attacked Seojangdae. The arsonist reportedly caused the fire by lighting his clothes and underwear with a cigarette lighter. The fire caused about ₩6 billion in damage (about $6 million), destroying the upper floor of the watchtower. Seojangdae was reconstructed in 2007.

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