Namdaemun, officially the Sungnyemun, is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon Dynasty. The gate, which was begun in the 14th century, is a historic pagoda-style gateway, and is now listed first among the National Treasures of South Korea. It was once one of the three major gateways through Seoul’s city walls which had a stone circuit of 18.2 kilometres (11.3 mi) and stood up to 6.1 metres (20 ft) high.


The gate is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul City Plaza. The historic 24-hour Namdaemun market is next to the gate where it has been operating for centuries.


In 2008, the wooden pagoda atop the gate was severely damaged by arson.[1] Restoration work on the gateway started in February 2010 and is expected to be completed by December 2012.




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