Taedong Gate pride of Pyongyang

February 19, 2023

The Taedong Gate is a historical relic situated in Taedongmun-dong, Central District, Pyongyang.

The gate was built in the mid-6th century as the eastern gate of the keep of the Walled City of Pyongyang in the period of Koguryo (277 BC-AD 668) and later underwent repair and reconstruction several times. It was burnt down during the Imjin Patriotic War (1592-1598) in the late 16th century. The present building is the one rebuilt in 1635.

It was the most important gate of the walled city, as it leads to the south across the Taedong River.

The gate consists of an embankment built with exquisitely trimmed blocks of granite and a gate tower on it.

It always played an important role in defending the walled city.

During the Imjin Patriotic War, the Korean soldiers would make surprise attacks on Japanese invaders stationed in East Pyongyang while going in and out through the gate and crossing the river by boat.

Today, the Taedong Gate serves as the cultural recreational place for working people, youth and schoolchildren, telling about the long history of Pyongyang.


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