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Treasures surface at Titanic exhibition

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On April 10, 1912, the luxury liner Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage with 2,206 passengers only to collide with an iceberg four days later and sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. After years of searching, in 1985 the remains of the ship were finally discovered 3,773 meters (12,378 feet) below the surface.
The rusting hulk held all sorts of treasures ― not least, a luxurious diamond necklace which the “Heart of the Ocean” necklace featured in the film “Titanic” was based on.
An exhibition titled “Titanic Seoul” displays this and about 3,000 other artifacts found in the wreckage. The show, being held at the aT Center in Yangjae-dong, southern Seoul, also has sets used in the film, including the grand staircase leading to the dining room, and the prow of the ship where Leonardo DiCaprio famously held Kate Winslet, their arms outstretched in the wind.
There are also replicas of cabins, boiler rooms and storage areas. Other artifacts include parts of the engine, an anchor and a compass. Black and white photographs portray the grandeur of the ship, and another section has photos of actual passenger with their stories.
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Titanic was 268 meters (294 yards) long, 53 meters (58 yards) high and 28 meters (31 yards) wide. It weighed 46,329 tons. The ship was originally called a “floating palace,” with luxury restaurants, lounges, a library, a gym and a pool.


by Limb Jae-un

The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Feb. 28. Tickets are 7,000 won ($6.7) to 13,000 won. Yangjae station, line No. 3, exit 7. Transfer to a bus heading towards Seongnam. Call (02) 6300-3300 or visit www.thetitanic.co.kr.
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