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The Seoul City Wall Museum is holding a special exhibition on how the wall was illustrated in the journals, photographs and drawings of foreign visitors like missionaries, diplomats and scholars in the 1890s. Also on display are postcards, tour guide books and brochures from the early 1900s, when the city wall became a tourist destination; the book “Choson, the Land of the Morning Calm” by Percival Lowell (1855-1916); and the print “East Gate, Seoul by Moonlight” by Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956) (above). The city wall, otherwise known as Seoul Fortress, was completed in 1392 and was 18 kilometers (11 miles) long and seven meters (23 feet) high. Today, about 12 kilometers remain scattered throughout the city. The Seoul City Wall Museum, which operates under the Seoul Museum of History, opened last year near Dongdaemun to educate visitors on the 600-year-history of the city wall. By Kim Hyung-eun
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