Having seen this wonderful 600 year old structure myself, and knowing how much pride many Koreans take in their heritage I think it is criminal that someone would burn this down, as is currently suspected. If it is pure accident, then it is just plain sad.
Firefighters extinguish a fire at Namdaemun, which is South Korea's number one national treasure. Seoul's oldest wooden structure was severely damaged by the blaze. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images