Posted by: rbbadger | September 17, 2009

Yi Sun-shin

In the middle of Sejong-ro, a street near Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbok Palace, there is a statue of Yi Sun-shin.  Admiral Yi is one of the great heroes of Korean history.  Through the use of armoured battleships, he routed the Japanese and helped to bring an end to the brutal Japanese invasion of the sixteenth century.

His statue has always looked a bit lonely, standing as it does in the middle of the street with all the traffic.  Recently, the Seoul Metropolitan Government redid this section of the street.  They also installed fountains.  This photo was taken on a humid afternoon.  The crowds were enjoying the opportunity to run through the newly installed fountains.  Unfortunately, the fountains had receded and showed no signs of reappearing when I took this picture.  It is all about timing, I suppose.

Yi Sun Shin



  1. Thanks for three good posts today! Hope you are having a fun weekend!

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