Coordinates : 35°50′27″N 129°14′01″E / 35.8407034°N 129.2336637°E / 35.8407034; 129.2336637
BUNHWANGSA (literally "Fragrant Emperor Temple") is a temple complex
from the Old
* 1 National Treasure No. 30
* 2 Gyeongsangbuk-do Cultural Property Material No. 9
* 2.1 Legend
* 3 Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property No. 97 * 4 Gyeongsangbuk-do Cultural Property Material No. 317 * 5 Flagpole holder * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
NATIONAL TREASURE NO. 30
A notable ruin at the temple is the BUNHWANGSA PAGODA (Kr. Bunhwangsa
Seoktap, literally "Stone Pagoda of Bunhwangsa"), the oldest dated
pagoda from the
Although once hollow, the collapsed stories of the pagoda have filled the center of pagoda with debris. An excavation and partial restoration in 1915 by the Japanese uncovered a sarira, or relic box, of the cremated remains of a priest hidden in between the second and third stories. Precious artifacts such as gold and stone ornaments, coins, scissors, and a needle were also found in the pagoda which indicated that a woman of royal blood, perhaps even Queen Seondeok herself, had once owned the objects. Each side of the pagoda has what may have once been doors into the interior of the pagoda. Two figures guard each doorway and are known as Geumgan-yeoksa (literally "Mighty Diamond Men") or Inwangsang, guardians of the Buddhist canon. Each corner of the one-step platform upon which the pagoda rests holds a guardian lion statue. Granite lotus blossoms also adorn the pagoda.
A contemporaneous pair of stone pagodas were built at the Baekje
Mireuksa Temple and the
GYEONGSANGBUK-DO CULTURAL PROPERTY MATERIAL NO. 9
Located at the temple complex is a well called HOGUKYONGBYEONEOJEONG
(호국용변어정) or SAMNYONGBYEONEOJEONG from the
According to legend in the
The next day two women, identifying themselves as two of the dragons'
wives, living in Dongji (pond) and Cheongji (pond), came to the king
and asked the king to retrieve their dragon husbands taken away by the
Tang missionaries. The king immediately sent his men in to bring back
the dragons, permitting them live in the
GYEONGSANGBUK-DO TANGIBLE CULTURAL PROPERTY NO. 97
Monument pedestal of HWAJAENGGUKSA (화쟁국사) erected in 1101 at the wish of King Sukjong . Only the stele , with its original calligraphy, remains.
GYEONGSANGBUK-DO CULTURAL PROPERTY MATERIAL NO. 317
YAKSAYEORAE (약세여래), a statue built in 1774, during the 50th year of King Yeongjo .
Also of note is the flagpole holder which survives from the Silla era.
* Queen Seondeok of
* ^ A B C D E F G H Asian Historical Architecture * ^ A B C D E F G "경주 분황사 모전석탑 (慶州 芬皇寺 模塼石塔)". 문화재검색. Cultural Heritage Administration. Retrieved 30 March 2017. * ^