Sad Day In Korea

From Chosun Ilbo:

Fire destroyed perhaps Seoul’s most famous landmark on Sunday night
when flames engulfed the Sungnyemun, more commonly known as Namdaemun
or South Gate, the nation’s no.1 national treasure. Thirty-nine fire
engines and 88 firefighters rushed to the scene at shortly before 9
p.m. on Sunday. The destruction of a six-century-old national treasure
is being blamed on the misjudgment of firefighters and inept attempts
to bring the fire under control at the initial stage. At 10:30 p.m.,
firefighters believed they had extinguished the flames, but it
rekindled on the second floor and engulfed the gate. A taxi driver
identified as Lee Sang-gon said he saw a man entering Namdaemun with a
bag in his hand while waiting for a fare. “Several minutes later, a
fire broke out on the second floor of the gate. I immediately reported
it to police.”

Firefighters fought the blaze with ladders and fire hoses at 8:55 p.m.
and by 10: 30 p.m. thought the fire was under control and focused on
putting out smaller flames. But the blaze rekindled at 10:40 p.m. and
burnt the roof out. It collapsed at 12:40 a.m. on Monday. At 12:00
a.m., firefighters belatedly tried to take the roof apart and douse the
gate with water inside, but the effort failed and firefighters were
reduced to watching the gate collapse while they sprinkled water around
it at ground level.


6 thoughts on “

  1. So very sad.  When I was growing up in Seoul, my mom, my brother and I would ride the bus that drove around Namdaemun on our way to the movies. 
    When I saw Namdaemun this past fall, I was flooded with childhood memories.  So sad.

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