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Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Fire destroyed Seoul's 600-year-old Sungnyemun Gate after a five-hour battle by 120 firefighters failed to save South Korea's top national treasure.

The capital's oldest wooden structure, also known as Namdaemun, or South Gate, caught fire at 8:46 p.m. yesterday and was burnt to its foundations by 2 a.m., police officials said. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

``We're having difficulty in trying to ascertain what exactly happened,'' Kim Young Soo, chief of Namdaemun police station, told reporters today at a televised briefing. ``We have obtained three eye-witness accounts of how the fire started, but they conflict with one another.''

Namdaemun, which South Korea declared its ``National Treasure No. 1'' in 1962, was completed in the early Chosun Dynasty during the reign of its first King Taejo in 1398 and was one of Seoul's eight main gates. It was renovated in 1447 and has undergone repairs, the latest in 1961.

One witness, a taxi driver, said he saw a man in his 50s carrying a shopping bag climb the side of the gate's stone foundations a few minutes before the fire, Kim said. Police are trying to identify the man and are seeking more witnesses.

Investigators have viewed footage from security cameras around the area, Kim said, adding it didn't immediately reveal the cause of the blaze.

The rebuilding of Namdaemun will take at least three years and cost about 20 billion won ($21.2 million), Yonhap News reported, citing Kim Sang Koo, a Cultural Heritage Administration official in charge of the architectural heritage division.

President-elect Lee Myung Bak, who takes office Feb. 25, visited the site today and held talks with officials on the investigation and the reconstruction of the gate.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=206...&refer=muse

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in it's former glory:

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Sad indeed! :(


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Sad indeed! :(

I really hope they rebuild it to specs.


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