"To Rev. Dr. Wm. E. Griffis; with respect and compliments of Saito Shinichiro (vice minister of Japan in Korea) Seoul Corea; April '95." "One of my most promising students; born in the earthquake of 1835."
The North Gate of Seoul was one of the Eight Gates in the Fortress Wall of Seoul that was built in 1396 in the Joseon Dynasty. It was called Sukjeongmun or Bukdaemun. Bukdaemun literally translates to Great North Gate.