One of the very first things they taught us to say in Korean at the Defense Language Institute was "I am going to Namdaemun."
Namdaemun is the South Gate of the City in Seoul. It is about 600 years old. (At right is Namdaemun in 1904.)
So it was a little jarring to see these images around the net over the past few days:They have caught the 70 year old man they believe is the arsonist. He has been setting fire to other national landmarks as well.
Below is the gate in its previous glory.
Korea has some of the most beautiful wooden temples and palaces in the world. Sad to see the destruction of this one.