Korean national treasure destroyed by fire

Police in Seoul, Korea believe arson was responsible for the destruction of a 600-year-old gate considered to be Korea's most important national treasure.

The Namdaemun, or "Great South Gate," built in 1398, was completely destroyed except for several pillars. The gate originally marked the southern entrance to the walled city.

Nam Dae Mun

I was terribly shaken by the destruction of this great monument. I remember being so impressed by it's beauty and incongruity. This beautiful gate stood in the middle of a very busy city boulevard. I have several pictures I took of it in 1976. It is a great loss, not only to the people of Korea, but to the entire world.