Sungnyemun Gate

Seoul, South Korea

Sungnyemun Gate


Namdaemun (Korean: 남대문; Hanja: 南大門, lit.'South Great Gate'), officially known as the Sungnyemun (Korean: 숭례문; Hanja: 崇禮門, lit.'Honoring Propriety Gate'), is one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul, South Korea, which surrounded the city in the Joseon dynasty. It is located in Jung-gu between Seoul Station and Seoul Plaza, with the historic 24-hour Namdaemun Market next to the gate.

The gate, dating back to the 14th century, is a historic pagoda-style gateway, and is designated as the first National Treasure 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. It was first built in the last year of King Taejo of Joseon's reign in 1398, and rebuilt in 1447.

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