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Shuri Castle shown to media before reopening

  • June 11, 2020
  • English Press

Shuri Castle in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa is to be almost entirely reopened to the public on Friday after a fire destroyed its main structures last October.


Media representatives were allowed on Thursday to view the underground ruins of the original castle built about 500 years ago by the Ryukyu Kingdom. The remnants are listed as a World Heritage site.


Before the fire, the ruins were below the glass floor of the main hall, which was among the structures that burned down.


Visitors can now see the ruins from the windows of a temporary structure.


Pillars in the shape of a dragon, which escaped destruction in the fire, can also be seen along with roof ornaments designed after dragon head parts.


About 30 local residents were allowed to enter the castle grounds on Thursday afternoon and watched the rebuilding work.


A 72-year-old man says he saw the work being done around the main hall and felt that the reconstruction is making good progress.


The head of the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park Office, Suzuki Takehiko, says he is relieved that the castle will be open from Friday.


Suzuki says he hopes visitors will see how Shuri Castle is going to change in the course of its reconstruction.

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