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A window into my Seoul: World Peace Gate

January 3, 2009

At this time of year there is the usual cheer and sentiments for the new year. Peace, joy, and fortune are usually the wishes we tend to pass on to each other, receive; and secretly desire.

What better way for me to bring Caffeinated Traveller into 2009, but to talk about peace. More in a structural tangible way than intangible.

Seoul is keeper to an awe striking monument known to many as “Peace Gate”, or officially “World Peace Gate”. It stands tall, cool in the winter months, at the end of Olympic Park and Olympic Avenue. Naturally it was built as part of the 1988 Summer Olympics.

The gate shelters an eternal peace flame, and stands aside from the sprawling metropolitan city. It’s curved roof soars above the city, like wings of a dove, it symbolises peace: world peace.

by Joe May

by Joe May

To many Koreans, the gate holds a special place in their hearts, that is, those who can remember. Built in 1987 as commemoration to the 1988 Olympics, it was a significant feat for South Korea. Not only did they show to the world they could host the Olympics, but they showed that it could be hosted by a democracy. A  first after years of military led turmoil.

Before Peace can be celebrated externally, it must first begin internally.

by Joe May

by Joe May

Standing tall at the end of the gate are 161 nations, representatives of the 1988 Olympics; some no longer exist, others yet to be born. Proud and colourful these guardians of the gate unite, blowing in the wind –  quietly.

By Cate

by Cate

Probably the only time that 161 nations work peacefully in unison.

Being a person who is unable to follow through with resolutions (caffeine and travel addictions prevail), I can at least say that I found peace, in the form of a gate, at the end of a park. In remembrance of those nations who participated in Seoul’s Summer Olympics.

Caffeinated Traveller

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6 Comments
  1. January 3, 2009 3:28 pm

    I am with you Cate for world peace. But unlike you, I have some new year’s resolution related to world peace – I’ll be more polite. 😀

  2. January 3, 2009 3:41 pm

    🙂 peace starts from within. I need to follow your resolution as well.
    Great hearing from you Gigi. Happy New Year!

  3. Bear permalink
    January 4, 2009 8:24 am

    What a beautiful mural on high.

    • January 7, 2009 1:29 pm

      I think is depicts a tiger or dragon. Pretty nice though. Good photography.

  4. January 10, 2009 10:02 am

    World peace is everyone’s dream. Unfortunately, politics and religion ( not the teaching, but the flag blows up the difference among communities ) – somehow drive the world to war. But, yes !…. efforts should always be done for world peace.

    • January 11, 2009 2:54 am

      Hi Esther, nice comment and thanks for stopping by. Hope to see more of your comments on my blog.

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