Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Sangdong-ri /Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Sangdong-ri

  • Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Sangdong-ri /Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Sangdong-ri
  • Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Sangdong-ri /Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Sangdong-ri

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Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Sangdong-ri

The Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Sangdong-ri has the Hangma Chokjiin hand seal of touching the earth, or the subjugation of the Evil One. The head slightly awkwardly placed on the statue is a restored head. Until the early 1990s, the original head was still in its place. The ears and overall surface were seriously damaged but it was a very nice work with perfectly sculptured curly hair of the Buddha, broad face, gentle eyes, straight nose and a subtle smile.

The neck is slightly damaged but you can still see the three lines (Samdo, the three paths or stages to attain enlightenment) engraved and the Dharma robe covers both shoulders.

On the back of the statue, you can see the hole used for attaching Gwangbae gwangbae (the back illuminating adornment of the statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas) and around the statue, there are pieces of gwangbae with fire-patterns engraved on them.

The platform includes upper, middle and lower sections. The upper section engraved with fancy flower patterns has a style of the late Unified Silla Dynasty period. The tall and high octagonal, middle section has Ansang patterns engraved on it. The lower section which is much smaller than the middle section has broad lotus leave patterns engraved on the sides.

The round and full head, the broad shoulders and the Hangma Chokjiin hand seal show a statue style of the 9th century Unified Silla Dynasty period. This style can be compared to the seated stone Buddha statue at the Mulgul-ri Temple site in Hongcheon (Treasure No. 541). However, this one is Sangdong-ri has much more simple and modern style so there is a possibility that this was actually built during the early Goryeo Dynasty period.

Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Sangdong-ri

Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Sangdong-ri has a two-layered platform but the part below the upper section of the platform was buried in the ground so a new platform was added in 1998.

The lower section has supporting columns and corner columns and Ansang pattern is engraved on all four sides. The upper section of the platform doesn't have any patterns. The roof stone and body stone were made with a single stone. The ends of the roof stone rises, indicating that the pagoda was influenced by the style of late Silla Dynasty period built during the early Goryeo Dynasty period. The pagoda also has a hole which was used to hang bells.

The pagoda was originally found in an old temple site but the villagers moved it to the present location. The name of the temple is said to be 'Sungdeoksa Temple'.