Super stupa of the Goryeo Dynasty
The stupa is located on the site of Godal Temple, which was built in 764 in the 23rd year of King Gyeongdeok’s reign in Unified Silla Dynasty (668-935). The temple was remained as a grand temple during Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) but now it is shut down with unknown reason shrouded in secrecy.
The stupa is estimated to be built in around 10th century of the Goryeo Dynasty. It follows the standard form of Silla on the whole and also shows the characteristic techniques of Goryeo in each carving at the same time.
Also, figures of heavenly maids flying gracefully with fluttering dress are carved on the eaves of its stone roof. These carvings mean that spirits who are kept in the stupa stay in heaven.
Following the legend, stone works in Godal Temple including Yeoju Godalsaji Seungtap were made by a stonemason named Godal. To complete the holy stone work, he spent whole three years with all his might to the work. But when he came back home, his family starved to death while he left. With deep sorrow and doubts about life, Godal became a Buddhist monk. It is said that the temple’s name, Godal, is also originated from this legend.