National Geographic : 1900 Apr
KOREA-THE HERMIT NATION GUARDIAN OF THE TEMPLE OF THE GOD OF WAR material for the stone workers of the country. The delicacy of treat ment shown in the huge dogs guarding the palace gate and the skill shown in the picture of the guardian of the temple of the god of war confirm the Korean boast that from them Japan and China re ceived a large part of their skill and taste in art. However this may be, it is undeniable that Korean art must have been at one time of high character. One of the objects of interest in Seoul, and, though in audible evi dence each day, seen by few foreigners, is the great bell. Unlike the great bell of Moscow, the big bell of Seoul, said to be third in size in the world, is as perfect today as when first cast, and as the cen turies roll by its tone grows mellower and more musical. It hangs in its original tower, in the center of the city, where its sonorous boom fills the air to all parts of Seoul and has opened and closed the gates of the city for nearly five centuries.