The gate at Namdaemun, which is National Treasure #1, has been destroyed by fire, and early reports raise suspicions that it was arson. I’ve collected here a number of links to image galleries and videos.
Update: I’ve also translated two articles about Korean reactions to the disaster. Last year one Korean citizen warned of the risk of arson in Namdaemun. Also incoming president Lee Myung-bak’s advisors are talking about the fire.
The Chosun Ilbo has photos of the firefighting effort.
Photos of the crowd reaction are in this gallery.
The clean-up effort has already begun.
The Chosun also put together a few old photos of the gate here. The oldest is from 1910; the others of reconstructions in 1963 and 1983.
For video of the fire you can scroll to the bottom of this Chosun Ilbo report. There are three more videos in this report.
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