Nam Gate and Bell of Yonbok Temple in Kaesong



The Nam Gate of the Walled City in Kaesong was built between 1391 and 1393. The gate consists of the rectangular-plane platform built of granite and gate tower above it.

The body, roof and eaves of the gate showcase the unique architecture of the Korean nation. The colours of the gate tower structures are graceful and dignified.

In the gate there is a bell from the Yonbok Temple, one of three famous bells in Korea. The bell was cast in 1346 and hung at the temple in Kaesong. It was moved to the Nam Gate in 1563 after the temple was damaged by fire.

The mouth of the bell is 1.9m in diameter, 3.12m high, 23cm thick, and about 14t in weight.


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