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The Multi-Storied Stone Pagoda of Banryongsa
Korea

반룡사에 있었던 고려시대의 탑이다. 바닥돌은 화강암을 2단으로 높게 쌓아 마련하였고, 그 위로 점판암으로 만든 2층의 기단과 여러 층의 탑신을 올렸다. 점판암은 벼루를 만들 때 쓰이던 재료로 부서지기 쉬운 특성이 있는데, 이 탑 역시 위층 기단의 가운데돌과 탑신부의 각층 몸돌이 모두 없어진 상태이다. 윗면에 연꽃이 새겨진 기단 각 층의 맨윗돌은 탑신부의 지붕돌과 그 모습이 비슷하다. 이러한 모습의 탑은 통일신라 후기에 시작하여 고려시대에 많이 세웠는데, 이 탑도 이 때에 세운 것으로 보인다. 자그마한 규모와 단아한 자태는 당시 반룡사의 조화로운 풍경을 떠오르게 한다. 지금은 대가야박물관에 보존되어 있다.

Copyright: Wonsoo Lee
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Resolution: 8000x4000
Uploaded: 06/07/2011
Updated: 12/08/2014
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