Restoration work of King and Queen’s room almost complete

Restoration work of King and Queen's room almost complete

Workers were attaching roofing tiles on buildings such as the "Golden Palace" at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha. (Photograph taken by Futoshi Hanashiro.)

October 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Restoration work on four facilities at Shuri Castle such as the Kuganiudun, meaning the golden palace, including the King’s bedroom, has entered the final stage. On October 2, a Ryukyu Shimpo photographer took an aerial photograph confirm that craftsmen were fixing about 40,000 roofing tiles. The facilities will be completed by the end March 2014 at the earliest. Shuri Castle is designated as a World Heritage Site.

According to the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park Office, the four facilities are the Kuganiudun, including the King’s living room and bedroom, the Oku Shoin (inner drawing room) where the King rested, the Yunchi (kitchen) and the Kinjutsumesho or the rooms for about 20 attendants to the King. Once the construction is completed, the Seiden (State Hall) and Nanden (South Hall) at Shuri Castle will connect with the building. Visitors will be able to get a feel of the routine of the king in the castle.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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