Pothong Gate, legacy of national architecture

Pyongyang, January 29 (KCNA) — Korea has many architectural legacies of long history. Among them is Pothong Gate located on the Pothong River.

The gate is at the cross of Chollima, Changgwang, Mansudae and Pothong riverside streets in the capital city of Pyongyang.
Standing near the gate are the Mansudae Assembly Hall, the Grand People’s Study House, the Mansudae Art Theatre, the People’s Palace of Culture, Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and other monumental edifices.
Pothong gate is one of the oldest gates which still remain in Korea. It was built in the western part of the walled city of Pyongyang, the capital of Koguryo, in mid-6th century.
The two-storied gate has a granite-stone gateway.
In the middle of the gateway are a rainbow-shaped arch, 4.4 metres wide and 4.55 metres high, and an iron-coated wooden gate.
In 1592 when the Imjin Patriotic War was going on, ancestors dashed through this gate to give an annihilating strike at the aggressors in a battle to liberate Pyongyang.
This edifice still demonstrates its time-honored history under the Workers’ Party of Korea’s policy of preserving legacies of national culture.

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