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Three-story Stone Pagoda of Buseoksa Temple, Yeongju

영주 부석사 삼층석탑 ( 榮州 浮石寺 三層石塔 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Three-story Stone Pagoda of Buseoksa Temple, Yeongju
Quantity 1 pagoda
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla
Address Buseoksa Temple149, Bukji-ri, Buseok-myeon, Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

This stone pagoda standing on the east of Muryangsujeon Hall, the main hall of Buseoksa Temple, was made at the same time when the temple was built in the Unified Silla period. It is said that a great monk named Uisang built this temple in 676 as ordered by King Munmu in the king’s 16th year reign. This three-story structure on a double-tiered base follows the typical style of stonework of the Silla period. The main body and roof stone of each story are made of a single stone block with five-stepped cornices. It is typical of stone pagoda, although the width at the base is disproportionately big for its height. While most pagodas are erected in front of the main hall of a temple, this one stands to the east. When the pagoda was dismantled for a repair work in 1956, a miniature iron pagoda, fragments of a Buddha statue and beads were discovered inside.