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Mireuksajiseoktap  ( Korean: 미륵사지석탑, 彌勒寺址石塔) | by Yu Hwang-Wu Korean language lecturer
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Mireuksajiseoktap ( Korean: 미륵사지석탑, 彌勒寺址石塔)

Mireuksajiseoktap ( Korean: 미륵사지석탑, 彌勒寺址石塔)


Period: Baekje Dynasty (18 BC - AD 660)


Location: Iksan, North Jeolla


Status: National Treasure No. 11


The Mireuksajiseoktap is Korea’s oldest stone pagoda and is located within the vicinity of the Mireuk Temple in Iksan, North Jeolla. Mireuksa was the largest temple of the Baekje Dynasty (18 BC - AD 660). Experts strongly believe that Mireuksajiseoktap is the oldest and largest stone pagoda built during the King Mu period (600 - 640), near the end of the Baekje Era.


The pagoda is square-shaped and multi-storied, yet it is not known exactly how many stories it used to have as half of the building has been damaged and now there remains only six floors. Mireuksajiseoktap is divided into three spaces. The middle has an opening through which the inside of the monument can be penetrated in four directions. The pedestal is low and has a single story, just like a wooden pagoda. An hourglass-shaped pillar stone on each end of the pagoda acts as a support. From the second floor, the body of the pagoda lowers and simplifies, and the roof stones shrink in diameter.


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Baekje Dynasty ( Korean: 백제왕조, 百濟王朝 )


Baekje or Paekche (Hangul: 백제; Hanja: 百濟, Korean pronunciation: [pɛk̚tɕ͈e]) (18 BCE – 660 CE) was a kingdom located in southwest Korea. It was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, together with Goguryeo and Silla.


Baekje was founded by Onjo, the third son of Goguryeo's founder Jumong and So Seo-no, at Wiryeseong (present-day southern Seoul). Baekje, like Goguryeo, claimed to succeed Buyeo, a state established in present-day Manchuria around the time of Gojoseon's fall.


Baekje alternately battled and allied with Goguryeo and Silla as the three kingdoms expanded control over the peninsula. At its peak in the 4th century, Baekje controlled most of the western Korean peninsula, as far north as Pyongyang, and may have even held territories in China, such as in Liaoxi, though this is controversial. It became a significant regional sea power, with political and trade relations with China and Japan.


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Taken on September 20, 2010