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Treasure 356

Geungnakjeon Hall of Muryangsa Temple, Buyeo
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Classification Treasure 356
Name of Cultural Properties Geungnakjeon Hall of Muryangsa Temple, Buyeo
Quantity 1 building
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Middle Joseon Period
Address Muryangsa Temple 203, Muryang-ro, Oesan-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

Muryangsa Temple was established by State Preceptor Beomil in late Silla but the exact date of its construction is not known.

However, Buddhist Monk Muyeom stayed here for a while at the late Silla, and the temple was largely rebuilt in Goryeo.

Kim Si-seup spent his last days and died here.

This hall is a two-story Buddhist sanctum, which is rare in Korea, and is the main building of Muryangsa Temple.

It is a two-story building viewed from the outside but there is no floor between the first and second stories inside, so they form one space.

The first floor consists of five front kan (a unit of measurement referring to the distance between two columns) and four side kan with partitions between pillars.

The second floor has the high pillars of the first floor extended to form the pillars of the four walls, and a window admitting light to the low wall, but this is blocked with wooden boards now.

This sanctum enshrines the Amitabha Buddha.

It is an outstanding building that has important value as a Buddhist structure that expresses well the characteristics of mid Joseon.