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Bronze Bell of Oeosa Temple, Pohang

포항 오어사 동종 ( 浦項 吾魚寺 銅鍾 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Bronze Bell of Oeosa Temple, Pohang
Quantity 1
Designated Date 1998.06.29
Age The 3rd year of the reign of King Gojong of Goryeo (1216)
Address Oeosa Temple 1, Oeo-ro, Ocheon-eup, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do

This is a bell used at a temple to signal the hours or a meeting. Made during the Goryeo Period (918-1392) under the influence of those done during the Silla Period (57 BC- 935 AD), it has yongnyu (canons), yongtong (sound cylinder), yugwak (square-shaped ornamental space with nine lotus flower-shaped nipples arranged symmetrically), and dangjwa (part where the rod hits when tolling a bell). The existence of dangjwa is a feature found only in bells made on the Korean Peninsula. The bell also contains the images of two bodhisattvas facing each other and kneeling on flower-patterned sitting cushions, their hands clasped together. Another part of the bell displays a mortuary tablet-shaped inscription including Brahmi letters. The bell was made in 1216 (the 3rd year of the reign of King Gojong of Goryeo), and it weighs 180kg.