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Timeless and priceless heritage in Korea, Timepriceless - World Heritage in Korea

Take a close look at the Korean heritages that have become UNESCO-registered world treasures and discover the past, present, and future in the values they hold.

A shield for protecting the people, Namhansanseong Fortress

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There are numerous fortresses standing in the world.However, Korea's Namhansanseong Fortress is different from others.

Designed and constructed not just to protect the head of state, but to defend the common people in times of national emergency,Namhansanseong is a giant fortress of approximately 12Km in length, built upon a rugged terrain.

In times of war, it acted as a temporary royal abode and the capital.During China's Qing Empire invasion in 1636, King Injo took refuge in the fortress from Qing's 200,000 soldiers for 47 days.

Namhansanseong was regarded as a heavenly fortress that the Qing Empire even tried to interfere with the extension work.

While demonstrating the technical advances and changes of military architecture and defense system from the 7th through the 19th centuries, Namhansanseong still retains most of the original form.

A timeless heritage that people call their home even today, Namhansanseong is the nation's shield for protecting the country and the people.