Jingamseonsa’s Stele in Ssanggye Temple

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Jingamseonsa’s Stele in Ssanggye Temple

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It is the memorial stone for Jingamseonsa, a famous Buddhist monk who introduced beompae (Buddhist music) to Korea at the end of the Unified Silla Period (678-935). The monument was built in 887.

Though its body is damaged, it features a tortoise-shaped pedestal and an ornamental top in the form of a hornless dragon. Facing the pedestal, there is a large monument seat on the center of the tortoise’s back and its four faces have carvings of cloud designs. On the ornamental top, hornless dragons fighting for a magic stone that bestows omnipotence are depicted.

The monument is famous because its inscription was created and written by Choe Chi-won at the end of the Unified Silla Period. Choe was known for the lively, expressive letters he created with the natural flow of his brush. Although the tortoise-shaped pedestal, the ornamental top in the form of hornless dragon and the pagoda body all remain, they suffered from cracks and abrasion.


Name: Jingamseonsa’s Stele in Ssanggye Temple

Period: Unified Silla

Location: Hadong County, South Gyeongsang

Status: National Treasure No. 47

*The photos and text for National Treasure are provided by the Cultural Heritage Administration. For more information, call (042) 481-4650 or visit www.cha.go.kr


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