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Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site, Dangjin

당진 안국사지 석탑 ( 唐津 安國寺址 石塔 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Stone Pagoda at Anguksa Temple Site, Dangjin
Quantity 1 pagoda
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Goryeo
Address 188, Wondanggol 1-gil, Jeongmi-myeon, Dangjin-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

This stone pagoda located at the site of Anguksa Temple is believed to have been built during the Goryeo Dynasty, judging from the remains excavated from the site. The temple, which was destroyed sometime during the Joseon Dynasty, was rebuilt by a monk named Im Yong-jun in 1929 when he became the temple’s head monk. However, the temple was closed soon after and only the site remains now, along with this pagoda and the Stone Standing Buddha Triad (Treasure No. 100) standing beside it. The pagoda’s stylobate is much simpler than that of an ordinary stone pagoda; as the core stones above the second stories are missing and only the roof stones are placed on top of each other, the overall appearance of the pagoda looks incomplete. The four corners of the core stone of the first story are carved with pillar patterns along with a door pattern on one side and seated Buddha figures on the remaining three sides. All of the roof stones have a four-tiered cornice and look rather heavy. As the pagoda is somewhat limited in terms of its balance and the beauty of the carvings; and the core stone of its main body is disproportionately small, it is not considered a particularly good piece of work; however it is important in that it shows the characteristic features of stone pagodas of the mid-Goryeo Dynasty.