So continues my obsession with the old and the new living side by side. This is Dongdaemun, one of the eight gates that used to be entrances to the city. It was the gate to the east and hails from 1396. The gate carries the status of national treasure #1, which leads me to wonder why we don’t number our national treasures in the US. Dongdaemun was under wraps being restored when we got to Korea. We went on a bus tour that pointed out this treasure and we looked out the window to see it wrapped in something akin to a house being tented for termites. It’s nice to see it restored and in all of it’s glory. The area surrounding the gate is a massive shopping area. I have a slight thing for fabric and this is where it’s found in mass.