The Most Unique Work in Shilla, Twin Lions Stone Lantern in Beopjoo-sa TemplesteemCreated with Sketch.

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The twin lions stone lantern is the very unique in Korean buddhist art. This twin lions stone lantern could be found only in Shilla kingdom.

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Moreover, lion was not usual animal in Korean peninsular. No scholars have answered the reason why this lion stone lantern could be existed in Shilla dynasty. Of course there were so many carvings relating to lions.

This image on lion seemed to be transferred from India or Persia. But as I wrote at first, this twin lions stone lantern could not be seen in Chinese and Japanese Buddhist temples. In this respect, the twin lion lantern must be very creative art works of Shilla dynasty. It means that this twin lions stone lantern make us to guess that style of mason craft came from the unusual route. In previous post, I suggested the Bodhisattva statue deeply influenced from other world.

In my guess, this statue could be considered as the evidence of the cultural exchange between Persia and Shilla.

Below are the parts of the lanterns.

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The descriptions of the sculpture were very vivid and delicate.
The lantern was really well made work. Very well balanced.

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hmm so this is a unique aspect to the shilla dynasty? its always interesting to see how the asian diaspora has evolved culturally

@slowwalker,
Honestly this is the first time I have seen something like that! Yeah Lions are not at Korea or China! Tigers are the creatures at these lands! So this is unbelievable! moreover the craftsmen did a great job! Amazing, yeah pretty amazing!
Thank you for sharing this great history, yeah a rare historical location and photography with us!

Cheers~

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Interesting!

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Lions contain a lot of philosophy, one of them is courage. Cultural exchanges are clear evidence that the interconnected countries keep collections of work that will bind history to each other for the future.

Thank you for sharing information and showing the photo, @slowwalker

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Thank you so much for your explanation on Lion

@slowwalker, Absolutely amazing Twin Lions Stone Lantern I see first time in Korea from Beopjoo-sa Temple. Really amazing architectural techniques old citizens used. There are unique design indeed. Nice shots caught.

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I can imagine how beautiful he looked when the fire was burning inside him. But even without fire this lantern looks very beautiful.

Представляю как красиво он выглядел, когда внутри него горел огонь. Но, и без огня этот фонарь выглядит очень красиво.

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The Twin lions stone lantern are not same in the Chinese temple that I’ve ever seen. The culture in each period is different. 😊

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This is amazing. If any day i go in korea, i should definitely visit this place.

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Very interesting. I have not seen anything like it before. Great details

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That's pretty good!

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It is a beautiful lantern very cute design, the roof is very colorful!
the stone lantern with that design like that, would it give enough light?
Where I live there are no lions either, practically there are not that kind of animals, in other places of my country I do not know or maybe in zoological but it would not be the right thing because they would be better in their own habitat

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That is really beautiful and the idea of such decorations with lions is great. It seems it was used in past really as a source of light as some of the sides are dark because of flame. I wish I would also have something like that in my garden.

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What spectacular photos. Beautiful temple. Great.

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Thank you so much