Shilla-Era Buddha Statues Discovered in N.Gyeongsang Province

  • Arirang News

    April 22, 2011 11:20

    Gilt-bronze Buddha statues from the eighth century found at an old temple site in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province /Courtesy of the Yeongnam Institute of Cultural Heritage

    Seven standing gilt-bronze Buddha statues dating back to the Unified Shilla Kingdom have been found in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province.

    The Yeongnam Institute of Cultural Heritage said on Thursday that the statues were excavated at what used to be a Buddhist temple in the Chosun Dynasty era, according to ancient writings and maps.

    A lamp and a flag reading "Kwanglim Temple" were also found at the location.

    Researchers expect the exquisitely crafted statues to serve as valuable resources for the study and research of Buddhist sculpture in Korea.

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