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Bronze Bell of Naesosa Temple, Buan

부안 내소사 동종 ( 扶安 來蘇寺 銅鍾 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Bronze Bell of Naesosa Temple, Buan
Quantity 1 bell
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age King Gojong of Goryeo Period
Address Naesosa Temple 243, Naesosa-ro, Jinseo-myeon, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do

The bell shows well the features of bronze bells made in the Goryeo Dynasty. 103cm tall and 67cm wide, the top and bottom parts of the bell have a band of vine while the shoulder part is adorned with a floral pattern. Under the shoulder of the bell there are four square panels with nipple-like protrusions. The dangjwa, which is the part of the bell to be struck, is engraved with lotus flowers and the body of the bell with Buddha Triad on clouds. The main Buddha in the middle sits on a lotus flower in full bloom with two Bodhisattvas standing on either side. At the top of the bell are sound knobs and yongnyu (dragon ring) in the shape of a large dragon head which is used to hand the bell. The bell was originally made for the Jeongnimsa Temple in 1222 (the 9th year of the reign of King Gojong of Goryeo) but was moved to the Naesosa Temple in 1850 (the 1st year of the reign of King Cheoljong of Joseon). This bell is a prime example of traditional Korean bells, and it’s regarded as a masterpiece of the later Goryeo Dynasty for its elaborate and realistic design.