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Stupa of Buddhist Monk Sucheol at Silsangsa Temple, Namwon

남원 실상사 수철화상탑 ( 南原 實相寺 秀澈和尙塔 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Stupa of Buddhist Monk Sucheol at Silsangsa Temple, Namwon
Quantity 1 stupa
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla Period
Address Silsangsa Temple, 94-129, Ipseok-gil, Sannae-myeon, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do

This stupa faces Geungnakjeon Hall to the right of Silsangsa Temple, and contains the sarira of Buddhist Monk Sucheol, one of the most renowned monks of the late Silla Dynasty. Sucheol became the second founding monk of the temple after leaving Simwonsa Temple. He died at the age of 77 in 893 (the seventh year of the reign of Queen Jinseong). The Queen bestowed upon him the title of Sucheolhwasang and named the pagoda Neunggabowol.
Following the typical style of stone funerary stupas, this stupa has an octagonal form overall. The stylobate contains a rather worn engraving of clouds, a dragon, and a lion on its bottom tier, while the upper tier is decorated with triple engravings of lotus flowers. Each edge of the stupa is engraved with a pillar pattern, and each of its faces contains a door pattern and images of the Four Guardian Kings.
The top of the stupa consists of several layers topped by a small oval stone, but the head part is missing. The thin roof stone displays a gentle curve while the eaves of the rafters are engraved with a thin curve. There are runnels to drain away rainwater on the sloping side of the roof. The stupa follows the roof style of wooden structures, as evidenced by the end tile at the tip of the slope of the roof.
The stele next to the stupa contains an inscription which states that Sucheolhwasang died in 893 (the 7th year of the reign of Queen Jinseong), leading historians to believe that the stupa was erected around that time.