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Silla Period stone pagoda remains intact in Uiseong

Apr 20,2015
This five-story stone pagoda located in Tamni-ri, Uiseong, was built during the Unified Silla Period (676-935).

It is unique in that it combines the characteristics of stone pagodas and wooden architectural structures.

A low, single-tier base supports the five-storied construction. The base consists of a foundation featuring rectangular stones, a style seen in wooden architectural structures.

As for the pagoda’s main body, the first story is significantly taller than the others and has a niche where one or more Buddha statues were enshrined.

From the second story up, the bodies of the pagoda grow notably shorter. There are five steps under the eaves, whereas there are six steps above it.

The roof stones are slightly upturned at the corners.

Along with the Stone Brick Pagoda of Bunhwang Temple, Gyeongju (National Treasure No. 30), this pagoda provides valuable insights into how pagodas in Korea developed their unique forms and styles.

Name: Five-story Stone Pagoda in Tamni-ri, Uiseong Period: Unified Silla Period

Location: Uiseong, North Gyeongsang

Status: National Treasure No. 77


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