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Seven-story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong

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Cultural Heritage Information

  • ClassificationTreasure 459
  • Kind Pagoda
  • Quantity1 pagoda
  • SizeHeight 9.1m
  • Designated DateJune 23, 1967
  • Address 65-2, Jangnak-dong, Jecheon-si
  • Phone
  • Age Unified Silla Period

Cultural Heritage Introduction

A stone brick pagoda is a tower stacked with stones cut into shapes of bricks. It is also called an imitation pagoda because it is resembles pagodas stacked with bricks made out of mud.

As the temple grounds on which the pagoda stood upon have been turned into rice fields, it is impossible to know how big the temple was. All that remains is the 7-story high pagoda, which imposes its presence in the middle of the field. Most of the pagoda was built using dark-gray slate. The foundation alone is created from natural stone; the rest of the 7 stories have been created by stacking bricks.

The underpinning of the pagoda is where the small crystals of Buddha or religious scrolls are stored. On the four corners of the 1st level are pillars created from granite, which creates a very peculiar appearance.

Also, there were tabernacles (rooms to enshrine statues or small crystals of Buddha) on the north and the south sides to place the artifacts in, but the door to the south tabernacle has since disappeared.

The south and east sides of the 1st level are greatly damaged along with the roof stone on the 2nd level. As the roof stones that cover the core of the pagoda are built with bricks, the eaves are short and level.

The four edges of the roof stones have holes on the top and bottom, allowing for the installation of wind chimes.The head of the pagoda has lost its decoration; all that remains is the base. There is a round hole in the center, surrounded by an engraving of lotus flowers. In 1967, a reconstruction was completed right before the pagoda fell. On the top portion of the roof stone of the 7th level, a bronze piece with a flower pattern engraved was found. It is assumed that this might be the decoration that was mounted on the head of the pagoda.

There are some traces of lime being painted over the pagoda’s surface. Judging from the construction method, it is estimated that the pagoda was built in the latter days of Unified Silla. According to an excavation study on the temple grounds started in 2003, Jangraksa Temple was created at the end of the Three Kingdoms period, and it was confirmed that renovations were completed in 3 different periods.

Directions

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  • Jecheon Station : 3 min. on foot -> Jecheon Station Bus Stop [220,233,240,241 (holidays),244,250,260,330,340,350,360]-> Jangnak Samgeori Bus Stop (12 min.) -> 11 min. on foot
  • Jecheon Express / Intercity Bus Terminal : 7 min. on foot -> KEB Hana Bank [220,233,240,241 (holidays),244,250,260,330,340,350,360] -> Jangnak Samgeori Bus Stop (7 mim.) -> 11 min. on foot

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