new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Woljeong-sa Temple Palgakgucheungseoktap ( Korean: 월정사팔각구층석탑,月精寺八角九層石塔 ) | by Yu Hwang-Wu Korean language lecturer
Back to group

Woljeong-sa Temple Palgakgucheungseoktap ( Korean: 월정사팔각구층석탑,月精寺八角九層石塔 )

Woljeong-sa Temple Palgakgucheungseoktap ( Korean: 월정사팔각구층석탑,月精寺八角九層石塔 )

  

Address

 

63-1, Dongsan-ri, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do. S.KOREA

   

With the advent of Goryeo, multi-storied polygonal pagodas came to prevail in the northern part of the nation, a departure from the previous square pagodas. This pagoda is representative of such new pagodas of early Goryeo. The pagoda is located at Woljeongsa Temple, which was founded by Buddhist monk Jajangyulsa at the foot of Mt. Odaesan. In front of the pagoda is an image of seated Bodhisattva in adoration.

   

The nine-story body, with the final on its top, stands on a two-tier foundation. A panel decoration is carved on the lower foundation. A stone slab is installed on the top of each foundation. Unlike most other pagodas whose bodies grow notably shorter from the bottom upward, each body of this pagoda maintains almost the same height from the second story. The octagonal roof stones are simply trimmed without stepped cornices. Wind-bells are hanging from the corners of the slightly upturned eaves. The final, in complete condition, comprises two portions. The gilt bronze upper portion and stone lower portion add to the pagoda's beauty.

   

Overall proportions and outstanding sculpturing make the pagoda a representative example of the aristocratic splendor of the Buddhist art of Goryeo. In addition, bronze wind-bells and the gilt bronze final provide much insight into the excellent metalwork of the period.

     

* Special Information

   

Name of Cultural Properties Woljeongsapalgakgucheungseoktap(Octagonal nine storied pagoda of Woljeongsa Temple)

   

This pagoda, made in the early Goryeo period (918-1392), is representative of the polygonal pagodas that prevailed in the northern part of Korea during Goryeo. It has a two-part octagonal foundation with a coverstone for each part. The lotus petals and the decorative patterns on the lower part are carved in a typical Goryeo style. The pedestal of the pagoda, the niches on the body and the flat roofstones are also typical of the time. While the flatness of the roofstones and the bodies create an impression of stability, the upward curves at the corners of the roofs, the niches on the body, and the octagonal variation of each part work together to make the pagoda a good example of the aristocratic splendor of the Buddhist art of Goryeo.

 

Source from

 

www.woljeongsa.org/

3,331 views
5 faves
69 comments
Taken on August 7, 2012