S. Korea to open restored 600-year-old capital gate

SEOUL (AP) - South Korea is poised to reopen a 600-year-old landmark that an arsonist destroyed five years ago.

The Cultural Heritage Administration on Monday is offering reporters a sneak preview of the restored Sungnyemun gate in Seoul. The gate opens to the public on Saturday.

A man angry with the government about a land dispute burned down the 14th century gate in 2008. The destruction shocked the country, which sees the gate as a crucial symbol of cultural identity.

The country's best experts in traditional architecture helped to rebuild the gate. Former restoration supervisor Choi Jong Deok says architects wore traditional hanbok clothes during work.

Sungnyemun was the main gate to the capital of the Joseon Dynasty that lasted from 1392 until 1910.