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Gwanghwamun’s Landmark ‘Hammering Man’ Celebrates 20th Birthday


SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire)The landmark “Hammering Man” sculpture in Seoul’s central Gwanghwamun has celebrated its 20th birthday.

The sculpture was set up in front of the Heungkuk Life Insurance building in Jongno District in 2002 to become Gwanghwamun’s most represented landmark.

It is a serial artwork by American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. The 3.4-meter-tall “Hammering Man” first appeared in 1979 at an exhibition in New York. Since then, the Hammering Man made a series of appearances in Seattle, Dallas and Frankfurt in Germany.

Among all of Borofsky’s sculptures, the 22-meter-tall Hammering Man in Gwanghwamun is the largest of its kind, weighing 50 tons.

The Hammering Man makes a hammering action once every 35 seconds between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays.


Image Credit: Taekwang Group /

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