Floodgate of Hwaseong Fortress Restored

Write : 2012-06-08 16:49:32 Update : 2012-06-09 14:17:58

Floodgate of Hwaseong Fortress Restored

Gyeonggi Province has restored a floodgate on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List 90 years after it was washed away by a great flood in 1922.

Suwon City on Friday said that the restoration of the Namsumun or the south sluice of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress has been completed and a ceremony marking the restoration will be held on Saturday.

The restoration started in June 2010 and the restored floodgate crossing the Suwon Stream is 29-point-four meters long, five-point-nine meters wide and nine-point-three meters high.

According to ancient royal documents on the fortress area, the Namsumun was first build in 1796 and swept away in a flood in 1846. It was restored but washed away again by a flood in 1922.

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