Three-story Stone Pagoda in Namsa-ri, Gyeongju

  • Designation: Treasure No. 907
  • Period: Late Unified Silla Period
  • Location: 234-2, Namsa-ri, Hyeongok-myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

It is the Three-story Stone Pagoda in Namsa-ri, Gyeongju. Three-story body stands on the double-tiered base. It’s 4.07 m height. Pillars were engraved on the corner and the side of the base and the body stone. It’s a typical stone pagoda of the Unified Silla period. Because the body of the pagoda shows a stereotype style, it is estimated to have been built in the end of the unified Silla period

The temple site is located on the hill behind the village and near the traffic route to Gyeongju and Yeongcheon. No artifact was excavated and no records about this temple site remain. It is presumed to have been a temple to honor the royal family or nobility.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Three-story Stone Pagoda in Namsa-ri, Gyeongju. It shows a typical style of the stone pagoda in the Unified Silla period.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADouble-tiered base. It has a sense of stability by making the lower-base wide and low.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe body of the pagoda. The corners of roof stone are slightly raised and it gives a feeling of flying lightly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAView from the east.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAView from the north.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATemple site where the pagoda remains. No artifact was excavated in this site.

With its body erected on a double-tiered platform, this stone pagoda is typical of the Silla Period. It displays a harmoniously proportionate body. Its platform feature exquisite carving, but the body displays a rather formalized flow. The styles and techniques indicate that it was built towards the end of the 9th century. (Cultural Heritage Administration, 2016)

References.

  1. Cultural Heritage Administration, 2017

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