Sach'onwang of Sokkuram


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Sach'onwang of Sokkuram


(Four Heavenly Kings)

In the small vestibule before the main chamber, carvings of the Four Heavenly Kings that usually appear as guardian figures at Korean temples can be found. The eastern king, Chiguk ("Protecting the Country Heavenly King"), and the northern king, Tamun ("Many-hearing Heavenly King") can be found on the north wall, while the southern king, Chungjang ("Ever-increasing Heavenly King"), and the western king, Kwangmok ("Wide-seeing Heavenly King") can be found on the south wall. While Chiguk carries a pagoda as usual, the other three kings all carry swords rather than the various icons with which they are usually depicted at modern temples. All four are shown hear treading demons underfoot.

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