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King Sejong Statue Surrounded by Colorful Lights

14:19 March 25, 2016 replay time01:44

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This year marks the 130th anniversary of Korea-France relations.

To commemorate this day, a special sight was created at the King Sejong statue in Gwanghwamun Square yesterday evening.

Yoon Ji-hyun has more.


Darkness befalls the city, and a countdown begins.

<Recording> "4, 3, 2, 1, Lights!"

Soft light surrounds the King Sejong statue like a new outfit.

This is a piece of installation art by the renowned French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Korea-France relations.

The title is "King of Signs," which translates into Korean as the king of languages.

The artist, attracted to the ideology and legacy of King Sejong, expressed the beauty of the Korean alphabet with a golden hexahedron.

<Jean-Charles de Castelbajac / French Designer> "The Korean alphabet is angular and fits into a square. I think it is a geometrically beautiful language. I wanted to emphasize that aspect, so I based it on the Korean alphabet."

At the four points on the top of the frame, messages of hope for the young generations of Korea are represented with the artist's own language.

They each signify "open your eyes," "act," "love" and "spread your wings."

<Kim Sung-jin / Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi Province> "I came here after I saw it on the news. It feels like a convergence of the past and the present. I like it."

The statue will light Gwanghwamun Square for the next three weeks.

Yoon Ji-hyun reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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