About this objectThis stone stupa at Mireuksa was built in 639 during the reign of King Mu (武王, r. 600-640) of Baekje. It is distinctive because, although built in granite, it emulates wooden architecture with a low platform and upturned eaves as well as a central pillar. Wood was the normal building material in Baekje but granite was plentiful and stone more durable: there might also have been the influence of stone stupas seen in China.
The current building is a reconstruction. The remains of the stupa were 14.2m high when it was dismantled and the reliquary was discovered [EXH80]. It was probably originally 9 storeys. .
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Subject and Association KeywordsStupas
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