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Three-story Stone Pagoda at Geodonsa Temple Site, Wonju

원주 거돈사지 삼층석탑 ( 原州 居頓寺址 三層石塔 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Three-story Stone Pagoda at Geodonsa Temple Site, Wonju
Quantity 1 stone pagoda
Designated Date 1983.12.27
Age Silla (9th Century)
Address 188, Jeongsan-ri, Buron-myeon, Wonju, Gangwon-do

This pagoda, standing at the former site of Geodonsa Temple, consists of a three-story main body supported by a two-layer stylobate. The middle of each surface and the four corners of the bottom layer of the stylobate are engraved with pillar patterns. In particular, the stylobate is composed of bottom, middle, and top parts, each of which consists of four separate pieces of stone. The top consists of unadorned long stones erected vertically, while pillar-shaped stones are inserted into its middle horizontally. In other words, the stones erected in the east and west of the top layer of the stylobate resemble pillars viewed from the southern and northern directions. The core stone and the roof stone of the main body are each hewn from a single stone. The thick roof stone is supported by a five-tiered cornice, and the four edges of its slate form a curve; while the eaves show the typical style of the Unified Silla period, i.e. straight before turning swiftly upward at the corners. The only remaining part of the pagoda’s finial is the square base for decoration. The finial, which is decorated with a large lotus bud, has been attached recently. Judging from the two-layer stylobate’s structure, sculpted pillar pattern, and five-tiered cornice, the pagoda is thought to have been built during the 9th century. In addition, the prayer platform, which was designed to burn incense during worship, is said to have been relocated from near the pagoda to the well of the residential area at the temple site.