2 Pagodas in Bulguksa Temple; The Masterpiece in Shilla Dynasty After Unification and It's Sad Myth.

in #history3 years ago

The most important and beautiful cultural assets in Bulguksa temple look like the pagodas in front of main praying building, Dae Woong Jeon(大雄殿).

Two pagodas are Dabotap(多寶塔) and Seokgatap(釋迦塔)
The meaning of Dabo is ‘many jewelries’. Seokga is the name of Buddha, the pronunciation of which was changed while being translated in Chinese language.
Tap is a tower.

Chinese pronunciation is different from Korea. Naturally Indian pronunciation was changed twice ,in China and in Korea
Finally Shakyamuni became ‘Seokgamoni’ in Korean.

There was some figurative speaking when it comes to these 2 pagodas for long time ago.
Two pagodas were usually compared with man and woman.
Dabotap was likened to a woman, and Seokgatap was likened to a man.


As seeing the photos ,you may understand the reason why.
Dabotap looks very splendid and delicate.
In other hands, Seokgatap looks so simple and in temperance.

At first, let’s look at Dabotap in detail






As you see, this pagoda is well balanced as a whole.

Next one is Seokgatap.
Many specialist evaluated the Seokgatap showed better than Dabotap in showing Korean beauty.
To explain this point of view, I need to show you more photos on Seokgatap



But regretfully I didn’t take the photos in detail on Seokgatap.
I could not understand myself why I didn’t.
More over, the color of photos seemed not so natural
I think I have to visit Bulguksa once more to take photos more in detail.

Here, I’d like to introduce the myth when is comes to Seokgatap.
As I told, Seokgatap was made by the ston mason who lived in Baek Jae Area.
His name was ‘Asadal'. He had a loving beautiful wife ‘Asanyeo’.
Asadal was the most skillful mason, so he was sent to Gyeongju leaving Asanyeo at home.

It had took for long time to making a tower.
Asanyeo truly wanted to see her husband, so she went to Gyeongju from Baek Jae Area on foot.

Finally she arrived at and asked to meet her husband.
But her request was rejected.

At that time, women never enter into the Holy place.
She was told to wait for the job ending.
“When the work is over, the shadow of tower will be reflected on the surface of the pond.”

She had waited for a long time.
But she could not see the shadow at the pond.
She was frustrated and jumped into the pond.

Soon after her death, Asadal finished his work and ran to the lake.
There he just found her body, he gave way to despair.
Finally he jumped into the lake like his wife.

Later people named Seokgatap ‘Muyoungtap(無影塔)’ meaning of ‘No Shadow pagoda’

There is a sad myth behind this tower.

When you visit Bulguksa, please pray for Asadal and Asanyeo.

A pond could be the pond near the front gate.
I referred this pond in previous positing.


Thank you for reading.


Beautiful historic place but look so quiet. To me Seokgatap looks sad, lonely, but decent too. It feels as if it has so many secrets within itself.

Beautiful pictures as usual. Very interesting.

Thanks for the pictures and history. Looks like very few visitors.

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Beautiful picture and very touching story. Sad they had to kill themselves. What is the aura of the temple like? is it sad or haunted?

It is just a myth.
It looked great

express gratitude you for not single allocation the photos, but for telling and clearing up accordingly well.
I be keen on chinese history and culture, I imagine its calorific in atmosphere and the last buildings are as you give away masterpieces.
The list and craftsmanship is splendid.

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whatever happens in the past that this pagoda definitely symbolizes a culture that is very thick of the familiarity and beauty that can be seen in the present

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The architecture of this pagoda is very cool. Its cultural and historical value add to the beauty and interest to visit it. Hopefully one day I can visit here. Thanks for sharing @slowwalker. Best Regards..

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If you look closely - you really can see, that one pagoda is similar to a woman, the second to a man. I like the way you talk about it. I feel like I myself visited this amazing place! Thank You!

Thank you so much for this excursion @slowwalker! It's really great that Korean take so much care about their Temples. Unfortunately, in China its not always same.. I would be happy to see more photos of Seokgatap!

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The architecture you are sharing is very very beautiful, but I love the story that comes with it! It's sad, but beautiful. Thanks for sharing :-)

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Thank you for not only sharing the photos, but for describing and explaining so well.
I love chinese history and culture, I think its rich in character and the old buildings are as you say masterpieces.
The detail and craftsmanship is splendid.

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We can talk each other about culture between Korea and China.
I'd like to have some opportunity to post about the culture among Korea, Japan and Korea

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Korea is also a country with history.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changgyeonggyeong Palace, and Changdeok Palace

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Each place certainly has its own history and beauty, unique and unparalleled. I am always grateful to see this beauty even in a distant country. Because the current technology can deliver it even longing.

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Very outstanding historical.Asadal and Asanyeo love is awesome with both of them exhibited an uncommon love.Wish I can visit the place and learn about true love.My prayers are with them.

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Thank you for the excellent photo and article. I really liked it.

You has documented the story into writing. it would be very fascinating if you can tell the story of mythology of the tower in different post.

What a good article.
I learned a lot about new things because I do not know very well the history of the Asian region.
Thank you.

Someday. I want going to this palace. I hope it.

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Lovely, looks a nice place to relax and contemplate life

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