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East Three-story Stone Pagoda in Suljeong-ri

East Three-story Stone Pagoda in Suljeong-ri

  • Address : 412-20, Suljeong-ri, Changnyeong-eup, Changnyeong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • Designated No : National Treasure No. 34
  • Designated Date : 1962.12.30.
  • Historical Period : Unified Silla period

A portion of the lower pedestal was situated under the fence of a private residence but the pagoda was preserved by clearing out private residences around in 1965. The pagoda was also disassembled and repaired.

While conducting a repair and restoration work, inside the banghyeongsarigong (a square hole for placing for small crystals (sari) sometimes found among cremated remains of monks, and regarded as sacred relics) of the top stone, cheongdong-hyangnohyeong-yonggyi (bronze incense burner), yellow glass sari container, 7 sari crystals, flower tea and glass marble were found. The restored sari was put inside a stainless container and placed back inside the pagoda and the rest of the artifacts are currently stored in the National Museum of Korea.

This pagoda is called the East Pagoda not because there were two pagodas within a single temple but because of another pagoda called West Pagoda located 1km away from this one. The pagoda was built on top of a double-layered pedestal assembled with 4 wall stones and 4 flat, roof stones and each wall stone has a set of corner pillars.

The body of the pagoda is comprised of okshin (the body that supports the roof stone) and okgaeseok (roof stone). The roof stone support has 5 layers and very top of the pagoda is lost. The details of the architectural style show the elements of a typical stone pagoda of the Silla Dynasty period and the pagoda has grand and elegant style.

It is relatively a big pagoda and it displays the typical architectural style of the early Unified Silla Dynasty period. It is often compared with the Three Story Stone Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple and presumed to be built around the same time as the one in Bulguksa Temple.