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Korean archaeologists have discovered pieces from two of Korea’s oldest chimi, a type of roof tile, on the site of the Wangheung Temple complex (also known as the Wangheungsa Temple) in Buyeo, South Chungcheong. The pieces found in Wangheung Temple (Historic Place No. 427) are believed to have been made around 577, the year the temple was constructed during the Baekje Dynasty (B.C.18-A.D.660). One fragment was thought to have been the top of a tile on northern side of a building’s roof and the other the bottom of a matching tile on the southern side. Placed together, they match. A whole tile was 1.23 meters (4 feet) high. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]
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