국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
Fragments of the Stele for National Preceptor Daeji of Samcheonsa Temple
  • Exhibition Name

    Fragments of the Stele for National Preceptor Daeji of Samcheonsa Temple

  • Culture/Period

    Goryeo Dynasty

  • Provenance

    Eunpyeong-gu

  • Materials

    Stone

  • Category

    life in society - commemoration - monument

  • Accession Number

    Sinsu 20652

  • Location

    Calligraphy and PaintingⅠ

Samcheonsa Temple (三川寺) was situated on Mt. Bukhansan in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, which was known as Namgyeong during the Goryeo dynasty. It is believed that the stele for National Preceptor Daeji (大智國師) was erected during the reign of King Munjong (文宗, r. 1046‒1083), the eleventh king of the Goryeo dynasty, and the text was composed by Yi Yeonggan (李靈幹) and written by King Munjong himself in regular script (楷書, Kr. haeseo) in the style of eminent Tang scholar Ouyang Xun (歐陽詢). Samcheonsa Temple was at its zenith after the Goryeo period, but is believed to have been destroyed after the Japanese invasion of Joseon. The stele provides valuable information for studying the development of Buddhism in Korea during the early Goryeo period.