국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
Stele for Master Wollang at Wolgwangsa Temple Site, Jecheon
  • Exhibition Name

    Stele for Great Master Wollang

  • Culture/Period

    Unified Silla Period

  • Provenance

    Jecheon-si

  • Materials

    Stone

  • Category

    life in society - commemoration - monument

  • Dimensions

    H. 395.0cm

  • Designation

    Treasure 360

  • Accession Number

    Sinsu 18235

  • Location

    Path to History

This stele records the life of Master Wollang (816-883) of the late Unified Silla Period, who became a Buddhist monk (Bhikkhu) in 845 by receiving the Buddhist commandments, and then went on a pilgrimage to China (Tang Dynasty). Upon his return to Korea, he was invited to Wolgwangsa Temple (月光寺) in Jecheon, Chuncheongbuk-do. This stele was erected at Wolgwangsa Temple in 890 (4th year of Queen Jinseong), seven years after his death. King Heongang ordered Kim Yeong (金潁) to write the inscription, and a monk named Sunmong (淳夢) then transcribed Kim’s inscription in the regular script of the Chinese calligrapher Ouyang Xun (歐陽詢, 557-641). The body of the stele rests on top of a turtle-shaped pedestal, and is topped with an ornamental capstone in the form of a dragon-serpent. This is a representative example of a stele from the golden era of stele production, with a style and structure that was very popular during the Unified Silla Period and Goryeo Dynasty.