Hwangryongsa Temple


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Hwangryongsa Temple

 

To the east of Anapji Pond, is located the Hwangryongsa Temple site, the largest one from the Silla Dynasty.
It was built over a long period of 93 years, through four kings, from 553 A.D.(in the 14th year of King Jinheung) to 645 A .D.(in the 14th year of Queen Seondeok).

Originally intended as a royal palace, legend has it that a yellow dragon appeared and the place was rebuilt and renamed Hwangryongsa(Yellow Dragon Temple).

Along with the legend of the guardian dragon, it was considered a symbol of protection for Silla against evil.
Among its treasures were a nine-story wooden pagoda, Geumdong Buddha Triad, Geumdang mural by Solgeo, and a huge bronze bell weighing 500,000 geun (one geun is about.6 kilograms).

Remaining, is a giant protective stone, to remind people of the magnificent scale of that time.

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