Namdaemun (Sungnye Gate)


Known to tourists and locals as Namdaemun (great south gate), the old southern entrance to the formerly walled-city of Seoul had survived over 600 years marked by natural disasters and invasions, making it the most important landmark in terms of cultural identity to many South Koreans. Located in the center of modern Seoul, Namdaemun was a connection to old Korea and a reminder of its rich history.


Then, in 2008, it was intentionally burned down by a disgruntled man.


Today, the monument has been rebuilt, but the legend of the gate has faded a bit in the public consciousness. Right in the heart of a bustling neighborhood with cheap shopping and street food, however, the gate is still work a visit.