Daeungjeon Hall of Sudeok Temple

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Daeungjeon Hall of Sudeok Temple


Name: Daeungjeon Hall of Sudeok Temple, Period: Goryeo, Location: Yesan County, South Chungcheong, Status: National Treasure No. 49

Sudeok Temple is located on Mount Deoksung in South Chungcheong.

No one knows the exact story of how this temple was founded, and the tales told differ from each other.

According to one version, the Buddhist monk Sungjebeopsa first built it at the end of the Baekje Dynasty (18 BC?AD 660), and Naong rebuilt it during the rule of King Gongmin in the Goryeo period (918?1392). Another version says that the Buddhist monk Jimyeongbeopsa built the temple in 599, and Wonhyodaesa later rebuilt it.

The main hall of the temple, or daeungjeon, was built in 1308, the 34th year of King Chungnyeol of the Goryeo period, making it the oldest wooden building in Korea whose year of construction is known accurately.

Since the year it was built, the Daeungjeon of Sudeok Temple has become a standard for estimating the age of other buildings constructed during the middle and latter periods of the Goryeo era.

Because of its extraordinary formal beauty, it is widely regarded as one of the most important cultural assets in all of Korea’s wooden architecture.

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