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Ceremony to mark restoration of historic gate burned by arsonist

SEOUL — South Korea will hold a ceremony Saturday to mark the restoration of Sungnyemun, a landmark gate in central Seoul that was burned down by an arsonist in February 2008.

The ceremony will be held 2-6 p.m. at Sungnyemun Plaza, Hoehyeon Station, Line 4. In addition, a Prayer for Mutual Survival event will be held 3:30- 4:40 p.m. at Gwanghwamun Square.

After the ceremony, the gate will be open to the public 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. This month, the gate will be open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tours of the gate’s upper level are available on Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Reconstruction of the gate, also known as Namdaemun, took five years and cost about $22.7 million.

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