Gwanghwamun Plaza to Open Saturday
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Aiming to serve as a national landmark street, Gwanghwamun Plaza will open on Aug. 1 after 14 months of construction.
According to Seoul City, the plaza will show off various symbols featuring the metropolitan city's history, from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) through today.
At Haechi Madang, the underground path to the plaza connected to the Gwanghwamun subway station on line 5, a Haechi sculpture greets visitors. Haechi, designated as the city's symbol in March, is an imaginary creature symbolizing righteousness.
Some 300 fountains are installed near the statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin to describe the naval battle he went through. The water jets move upward of 200 meters.
There are two one-meter-wide and 365-meter-long streamlets flowing next to the admiral's statue. The eastern ``historical waterway'' is engraved with major historical events from 1392, the establishment of Joseon, until now. The western one illustrates the future of Korea and Seoul.
In front of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, a statue of King Sejong will be erected on Oct. 9, Hangeul Proclamation Day. Important scientific inventions under King Sejong's reign, such as a sundial, water clock and rain gauge, will be set before the statue.
More stories of the King Great, including the invention of the Korean alphabet, will be put on display in an underpassage linking the performing arts center to KT headquarters across the street.
``The Plaza will be a place of interest in Seoul as it epitomizes the history of Korea,'' a city official said.