East Three-story Stone Pagoda in Suljeong-ri, Changnyeong

  • Designation: National Treasure No. 34
  • Period: Unified Silla Period
  • Location: 37, Sijang 2-gil, Changnyeong-eup, Changnyeong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

It is the East Three-story Stone Pagoda in Suljeong-ri, Changnyeong. It is a three-story stone pagoda with a three-story body on the double-tiered base. The height of the tower is 5.75 m. The base and the body of the pagoda were carved with columns on each side. The overall proportion of the components and sculpture technique is excellent. It was built around the 8th century when the technique of stone pagoda reached its peak. It is a masterpiece of Unified Silla stone pagoda which is comparable to three-story stone pagoda of Bulguksa Temple.

The pagoda  is located near the traditional market which had been an important political and military area for ruling the area around the Three Kingdoms period. There was probably a large temple in the Unified Silla period. The word ‘dong’ meaning ‘the east’ was added to its name just to distinguish it from another three-story pagoda in the west.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAEast Three-story Stone Pagoda in Suljeong-ri, Changnyeong. It is 5.75m high and well balanced. The overall proportion of the components and sculpture technique is excellent.  It is one of the representative masterpieces of Unified Silla.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERADouble-tiered base. The lower base story is lower, the upper base is higher. Columns are carved on the corners and sides of the base.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe roofstone is horizontal but its four corners are slightly raised.The roof supports consist of five layers.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAView from the east.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAView from the  south.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAView from the west.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThe pagoda  is located near the traditional market in the center of Changnyeong. There was probably a large temple in the Unified Silla period.

The three-story main body of this three storied stone pagod stands on the two-story platform, the method which is commonly found in stone pagodas in the Unified Silla period. The size and the technique used make it compareabe to that of Seokkatap in Bulguksa Temple especially in terms of its beauty and dignity. When it was dismantled and repaired in 1965, a container for the sarira from the original Buddha’s body was discovered. It still stiands 5.75 m with its stupa finial lost, and looks magnificent and dignified. The word ‘dong’ meaning ‘the east’ was added to its name just to distinguish it from another three-story pagoda in the west. (Cultural Heritage Administration, 2010)

References.

  1. Cultural Heritage Administration, 2017

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