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Stupa of Buddhist Monk Mangong at Sudeoksa Temple, Yesan

예산 수덕사 만공탑 ( 禮山 修德寺 萬空塔 )

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Classification National Registered Cultural Heritage
Name of Cultural Properties Stupa of Buddhist Monk Mangong at Sudeoksa Temple, Yesan
Quantity 1 Building
Designated Date 2011.08.24
Age 1947
Address Sudeoksa Temple, San 1-1, Sacheon-ri, Deoksan-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

This stupa was erected in 1947 to commemorate the religious achievements of Monk Mangong (1871-1946). Its overall shape differs from the traditional form of earlier stupas. Its ball-shaped body is placed on the top of three supporting pillars on a round platform, which is set on a hexagonal stone base. The sides of the stupa are inscribed with certain phrases from the monk’s writings, such as “世界一花” (meaning, “The whole world is a bunch of flowers”) and “百艸是佛母” (“Everything in the universe is like the Buddha’s mother”). Mangong worked hard to maintain the self-reliance and legitimacy of local Buddhism during the Japanese Occupation (1910-1945). The structure’s constituent parts display an admirable sense of harmony and balance.