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Seven-story brick pagoda in Sinse-dong, Andong

[National Treasure]

Sept 24,2012
Name: Seven-story brick pagoda in Sinse-dong, Andong

Period: Unified Shilla Period

Location: Andong, North Gyeongsang

Status: National Treasure No. 16

It is the largest and oldest brick pagoda in Korea at 16.4-meters (54-feet) high. Considering that the name of the site where the pagoda stands is Beopheung-ri, it is assumed that the pagoda used to belong to the Beopheung Temple, but no other remains are left except the pagoda.

It is a gorgeous construction standing on a single-step pedestal made of bricks. Images of the Eight Heavenly Generals and the Four Devas are carved out of granite on each side of the pedestal, and on the southern side there is a set of staircases leading to the shrine on the first floor. But it is lamentable that the upper side of the pedestal is cemented.

The body is made of dark gray bricks without patterns. There is a Buddhist shrine at the center of the first floor. The roof stone has marks that show there were roofing tiles on its upper side, which is very different from common brick pagodas in Korea.




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