Posted by: rbbadger | April 23, 2009

Massive pagoda

Pagodas are very much a feature of Korean temples.  Korean pagodas are very different from those in China and Japan.  Chinese ones are often made of bricks.  Japanese ones are made of wood.  Korean ones, however, are generally made of stone as granite is one thing that Korea has in abundance.  A pagoda often holds the remains of either the Buddha or of a prominent Buddhist figure. 

In the National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관), there is a giant pagoda which takes up nearly three stories of the interior of the building.

This pagoda is very valuable, as it is one of the few examples of architecture left from the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). 

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