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

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

Address : 58-7, Eupha-ri, Hoengseong-eup, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do

Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Eupha-ri

The Seated Stone Buddha Statue in Eupha-ri was moved to the present location from a temple site in Sangdong-ri, Gonggeun-myeon, Hoengseong-gun during the Japanese colonial period. The status is partially damaged but it still is an marvelous Buddha statue that has most of the parts intact.

You can see the curly hair of the Buddha and even though the facila expression is unclear, you can still see the subtle smile on the Buddha. On the nexk, you can see three lines (Samdo, the three paths or stages to attain enlightenment) and the garment is worn wrapped over the left shoulder. The sleeves cover both arms and you can see the creases on the ends of the sleeves.

The status has a hand seal/gesture of the wisdom of Virochana Buddha (covering the left index finger with the four fingers of the right hand). The lower body which seems relatively smaller than the upper body is seated with a full lotus posture or position (crossing both legs by putting the right foot on the left thigh first, then left foot on the right thigh).

Three ‘Ansang’ patterns were engraved on each side of the lower part of rectangular platform. The upper part has lotus-shaped patterns engraved on the sides. 1/3 of the back of the upper platform is damaged. The upper part and right side of gwangbae (the back illuminating adornment of the statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas) are partially damaged but you can still see the vine-shaped, cloud-shaped and fire-shaped ornamental patterns engraved on them. The unique thing about this gwangbae is that it sticks out high on both sides of the statue. The style of engraving Hyeopsibul (The attendant Buddha, or Bodhisattva on both sides of the main Buddha) is an old style found in the gilt-bronze Buddha statues from the Three Kingdom Period but it is interesting to see that same style in this statue which is presumed to be from Goryeo Dynasty period, considering its simplicity, balance, delicate patterns on the gwangbae and the rectangular platform.

Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Eupha-ri

Whether the platform section below the body of the Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Eupha-ri is covered in the ground is unknown. The body section and the roof stone were all made with a single stone. The roof stone support has four layers. On top of the roof stone, there is a small hole that was used to stand a Buddhist flag. The body section has columns patters on all four corners and the body support usually seen in stone pagodas is not present in this pagoda.

This pagoda has looks similar to the Three-Story Pagoda in Sangdong-ri, Hoengseong-gun but this was built later.

Next to this pagoda, there is another pagoda. This one has 3 roof stones and the 2nd level and 3rd level roof stones were made with a single stone. This one seems to have been built later than the Three-Story Stone Pagoda in Eupha-ri.

It was said to be moved from an old temple site in Hoengseong-gun but the name and location of the temple are unknown.