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Three-story Stone Pagoda at Mujangsa Temple Site, Gyeongju

경주 무장사지 삼층석탑 ( 慶州 鍪藏寺址 三層石塔 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Three-story Stone Pagoda at Mujangsa Temple Site, Gyeongju
Quantity 1 pagoda
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla
Address San 1-7, Amgok-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Mujangsa Temple, located on the mountain area far away from Gyeongju as the capital of the Silla Dynasty, was named by King Munmu after he unified the three kingdoms of Baekje, Silla, and Goguryeo. Since the word “Mujang” means a place where arms and helmets are buried, his construction of the temple and this three-story stone pagoda is interpreted as an expression of his strong desire to open a peaceful era that would need no arms. This stone pagoda consists of the double-tier stylobate and three-story main body that reflects the typical style of Silla's stone pagodas. The lower part of the stylobate is carved with pole patterns on its center and middle, and the upper part, with two “panel designs” for each side. While the main body of the first story is taller than the others, each of the core stones and roof stones of the main body is made of a single stone block. There is no other decoration except the pole-shaped designs carved on each corner of the core stone. The roof stone for each story tapers gently in size from bottom to top, decorated with five-tier cornices. The eaves are straight, swiftly turning upward at each corner. The tall core stone of the first story and the “panel” designs carved on the stylobate indicate that it was erected during the latter part of the ninth century. This stone pagoda was restored and reconstructed in 1963.