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Nothing Lasts

By on 2.11.08 | 3:29PM

In yet another addition to the "nothing lasts forever" department, South Korea's top national treasure was destroyed in a fire last night, the International Herald Tribune reports. The Sungnye Gate -- or "Great South Gate" -- was built in 1398 (94 years before Columbus's arrival in the "new world") as the southern entryway into the then-walled capital of Seoul.

And it took but one night of fire to do what invading Japanese and Chinese armies couldn't, despite centuries of takeovers: burn the Korean treasure beyond repair. Foul play is suspected, though no suspects have been named.

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