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[Living Tradition] Original beauty

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After 20 years of long repairs, the Mireuksa Stone Pagoda, the country’s largest stone pagoda inside the Mireuksa Temple in Iksan, North Jeolla, finally came to an end last week. The restoration of this 1400 year-old pagoda, which is the country’s National Treasure No. 11, began in 1998 after safety inspection results showed that it is unstable. In 2009, during the dismantling of the pagoda, a Sarira Reliquary had been excavated, revealing new information that the pagoda was erected in 639. In 1915, half of the pagoda had been collapsed by the Japanese in 1915 and they try to maintain it by covering it with concrete soon after. The Mireuksa Stone Pagoda is currently disclosed for the public until July, then it will go under last touch ups before it finally opens to the public in December. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

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