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2010/02/10 14:19 KST
Restoration of ancient Seoul gate begins two years after destruction

By Kim Nam-hee
SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) - Restoration work on an ancient gate in Seoul, designated the country's number one national treasure, began in earnest on Wednesday, two years after it was destroyed in an arson attack.

The Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea held an on-site groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of restoration work on Sungnyemun, one of the country's oldest wooden structures, and the second anniversary of the gate's destruction.

Yi Kun-moo, head of the heritage administration, and Rep. Chung Byeong-heon were present at the ceremony, alongside master artisans brought in to work on the project, including carpenter Shin Eung-soo, and individuals who donated pine trees for the reconstruction.