Part of Seoul City
Wall in Hoehyeon-dong, which had been demolished by Japanese colonists to build
a Shinto shrine, is disclosing what it was like after 100 years. This is part
of our efforts to restore the city’s history, bringing us a step closer to the
registration of the city wall as UNESCO World Heritage.
In June this year,
Seoul Metropolitan Government started the excavation work for Namsan Central Plaza
in Hoehyeon-dong as part of Phase 3 of the Seoul City Wall Restoration Work. On
July 14, the site was unveiled to the public.
Traces of the section
of the city walls were first found in places close to the water fountains, and
they have been preserved well. Details such as the timing of the construction will
be examined with the participation of experts.
We at Seoul Metropolitan
Government expect the excavation of said section to give a clue as to the desirable
direction of the restoration of castle walls and wield a positive impact on the
registration of the city walls as UNESCO World Heritage. A unique-looking
concrete structure which appears to have been part of the Shinto shrine was
found through the excavation. If confirmed, it will serve as a historic spot
containing a process of doing damage to cult…