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Restoring Seoul Fortress Wall

May 31, 2011

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced plans to restore its 18.6km-long, 615-year-old Seoul Fortress by 2014. The restoration project will join together the city’s four gates and encompassing mountains.

King Taejo, founder of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), built the wall as a means of securing the city. However, much of the architecture was later destroyed during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).

To date, Seoul has restored 12.2kms of the wall to its original form. The new plan will also include new trekking courses and a several other tourist attractions.

City officials are seeking to include Seoul Fortress on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2015.

You can grab more info from an article I wrote for Yonhap here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2011 13:05

    Alright, lads, alright. Comma’s been swapped for a decimal so we’re good to go.🙂

  2. May 31, 2011 12:38

    18+ thousand kilometers???

  3. May 31, 2011 12:03

    18,627 kilometer-long? It’s 11,080 km from New York to Seoul. ^^

    I saw a report about this project on Korean tv. Great idea.

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