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East Five-story Stone Pagoda of Hwaeomsa Temple, Gurye

구례 화엄사 동 오층석탑 ( 求禮 華嚴寺 東 五層石塔 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties East Five-story Stone Pagoda of Hwaeomsa Temple, Gurye
Quantity 1 pagoda
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla
Address Hwaeomsa Temple 539, Hwaeomsa-ro, Masan-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do

When entering the yard of Hwaeomsa Temple, one faces the main sanctuary of the temple. Standing in front of the hall are twin pagodas from east to west. This pagoda, which stands in the east, is similar in size but unadorned and is simple and neat. On the other hand, the western pagoda has beautiful decoration and sculpture. In terms of the composition of the bases, the western pagoda is a two-story structure, whereas the eastern pagoda has only one story. The lowest base of the eastern pagoda is composed of several stone plates, with the base stone having an inner pillar sculpted on each facet. In the body section, the main stone in the first floor, which is wide compared with the total height of the pagoda, appears stable, and the decreasing ratio of the width of the main stones is quite considerable. Note, however, that the level is low, so it looks slender. The roof stone is very flat and thin, and the decreasing ratio of the width like the main stones is also high. There is a very big difference between the first floor and the second floor. The top of the pagoda has the base of stupa finial and the "Bokbal (over-turned bowl)" to support the head decoration; above them is a splendid bead between the pillars. This is considered a work made around the 9th century similar to the western pagoda since the base is a one-story structure compared with the two-story bases of the Silla Era; the base also has a loose stone composition.