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Flagpole Supports at Bomunsa Temple Site, Gyeongju

경주 보문사지 당간지주 ( 慶州 普門寺址 幢竿支柱 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Flagpole Supports at Bomunsa Temple Site, Gyeongju
Quantity 1 pair of flagpole supports
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla
Address 856-3, Bomun-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

A dang, or flag, was hung at the entrance of a temple. Danggan was the pole used to hold the flag for special occasions such as Buddhist ceremonies at the temple. There are two stone supports for the pole, which is called Dangganjiju in Korean. With the excavation of a piece of tile inscribed with the characters “Bomun,” this place is now known as the Bomunsa Temple site; standing far north to the temple site are these flagpole supports. Two flagpole supports are set 62cm apart, but the one in the north is partly marred, whereas the one in the west is preserved well. Each of the supports has three holes at the top, middle, and bottom, and they were used for affixing the flagpoles. The holes in the north flagpole are made halfway through, but those in the south flagpole are made all the way through. These flagpole supports are long and slim but well-balanced. Being smaller than other flagpole supports found elsewhere, they retain the simple beauty characterizing the flagpole supports of the Unified Silla Period.