#374-8, Odaesan-ro (Dongsan-ri), Jinbu-myeon
Gangwon Province (Woljeongsa Temple)
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Type : National Treasure No. 48
Title : Woljeongsa Temple Eight-Angle Nine-Story Stone Tower Classification : Stone Tower
Quantity : 1
Designation Date : Dec. 20, 1962.
Location : Woljeongsa Temple
Period : Early Goryeo Kingdom
Possessor : Woljeongsa Temple
Manager : Woljeongsa Temple
During the Goryeo Dynasty, polygonal multi-layered stone towers gained popularity in northern areas departing from square plane styles, and this tower was made amid the trend as well. It also represents a stone pagoda in the eraly Goryeo period. It well demonstrates splendid and aristocratic trends of the then Buddhist culture and is worth representing multi-angled, multi-layered stone towers on the strength of overall proportion and sculpting techniques. This stone tower went through a fire several times, so it was seriously damaged, but it still boasts of excellent symmetry. For this reason, it is considered to represent a multi-angled, multi-layered stone tower built in the Goryeo period, and it carries significance in that it was constructed at the southernmost tip among eight-angle, multi-layered stone towers.