Entrance foyer of Solluram


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Entrance foyer of Solluram



*Entrance foyer
Facing each other across the entrance foyer are the P'albujang, or Eight Congregated Devas, four each on the north and south walls. Beyond them one finds the two fearsome temple guards, the Inwang Yoksa (Kumgang Yoksa), also facing each other across the foyer.

P'albujang (Eight Congregated Devas)
This first set of guardian deities, four each on the northern and southern walls, represents gods of India who, hearing Buddha's teachings, decided to follow his path. They are depicted with various poses and garments; some have weapons and some do not. Stylistic differences between these figures and those of the inner chamber have led scholars to conclude that these were carved somewhat later than the rest of the works that make up Sokkuram. The last pair of figures formerly faced inwards towards the central Buddha statue, but during reconstruction they were moved to their present locations, in line with the rest.

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