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CHUNCHEON NATIONAL MUSEUM

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Gangwon Province in the pleasant environment of good experience and to learn about the history and culture held a cultural space

Culture Heritage Administration of Korea

National Museum of Korea

Gangwon in the Medieval

Goryeo in the Medieval Age: Gangwon at the Center of Goryeo History

During the Later Three Kingdoms period and the Goryeo period, the Gangwon area was propelled from the fringes of Korean history to center stage. Connected with the Goryeo capital of Songak (Gaegyeong) by the Namhangang River, Gangwon in the Medieval Age was a place where the distribution of goods was free and easy and a place that produced royal preceptors and national preceptors, such as Jigwang Guksa from Beopcheonsa Temple, who led the Buddhist circle at the time. Moreover, the life and culture of the aristocrats living in the region exemplified the Goryeo aristocrats' elegance and sense of beauty.

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  • Manjushri / Hansongsa Temple Site, Gangneung, National Treasure No. 124
    Chukjoodonghaebi

    This is a white marble sculpture of the bodhisattva Manjushri that was discovered at the site of Hansongsa Temple. It is presumed to form a pair with the sculpture of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra preserved at Ojukheon Museum. Taken to Japan in 1912, it was returned to Korea in 1965 under the Korea-Japan Agreement signed that year.

  • Avalokitesvara / presumed Mt. Geumgangsan, Treasure No. 1872
    Gangwon in Daedongyeojido, the Great Map

    This sculpture of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara was discovered on Mt. Geumgangsan. The body lavishly covered in ornaments and the large disc-shaped earrings indicate that it was made under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism, which prevailed in the court of the Yuan Dynasty during its domination of Goryeo.

  • Decorative Ridge-end Tile / Beopcheonsa Temple site, Wonju
    Portrait of Woomyeong Kim

    Beopcheonsa Temple flourished from the 10th to the 11th century when the monk Haerin (984-1070) served as national preceptor and royal preceptor. This kind of decorative tile in the shape of a bird's tail with sharply pointed end, called chimi, was placed at the end of main roof ridge of a building and attests to the prestige of Beopcheonsa Temple.

  • Five Hundred Arhats / Cheongnyeonsa Temple site, Yeongwol
    Belt of Yook Kim

    Clothed in long robes with an outer monastic robe draped over the shoulders, the five hundred arhats have faces very much like the faces of ordinary Koreans. They are depicted in various ways, some with the robes draped over their heads as they pray and meditate.

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