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[K STYLE] Eunjin Mireuk -- Buddha's statue
2018-05-04 |
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This low mountain is Mount Banya in South Korea's South Chungcheong Province.

Banya means the highest wisdom in Buddhism.

There is a huge stone statue of Buddha in Gwanchoksa Temple on the slope of the mountain.

This is the country's tallest, 18 meters-high standing stone Buddha statue.

It's called "Eunjin Mireuk".

This statue is known to have been created about 1,000 years ago in Korea's ancient Goryeo Dynasty.

The head of the statue is too big compared to the body.

So it lacks stability.

Its facial appearance is rough and plain.

It can be said to be ugly, when compared with Buddha statues from the Silla Dynasty, which show off refined beauty.

Due to a lack of beauty, it remained just as a treasure of the country over the past 55 years.

However, this stone statue has recently been designated as a valuable national treasure.

Its unique and bold appearance has been recognized as a precious heritage.

It was built for 38 years with full support from King Gwangjong of the Goryeo Dynasy.

Gwangjong, who laid the foundations of the Goryeo Dynasty, is said to have consolidated his empire's sovereignty and independence at home and abroad through Buddhism.

The overwhelming size and vibe of the granite statue of Buddha symbolizes the dignity of the dynasty.

The elevation in the statue's status to a national treasure is regarded as the nation's revaluation of its bold and novel beauty and grandiosity.
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