The site of the ancient Kwangbok Temple has been recently unearthed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Researchers of the Archaeological Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences found it in Sadong-ri, Phangyo County, Kangwon Province in the course of excavating and ascertaining the relics and remains showing the time-honoured history and traditions of the Korean nation.
Doctor Kim In Chol at the Archaeological Institute says.
“It can be said that the recent excavation of the remains of the ‘Kwangbok Temple’ is of great academic significance. The roofing tiles with letters found during the excavation made it possible to clarify that the name of the temple is ‘Kwangbok Temple’ and prove that it was built around the 11th century.
And many precious relics showing the high cultural development of the Koryo Dynasty have been found.”
The site of the temple consists of the gate, pagoda, hall with main Buddhist image, hall for preaching Buddhism and different other buildings.
The building lots prove that the temple is much bigger than the Ryongthong Temple in Kaesong City which has been known as the biggest temple during the Koryo Dynasty.
The site of the temple seems to be in a natural fortress as it is located in the flat basin surrounded by high and steep mountains.
Found at the site were many relics including pieces of roofing tiles with Chinese characters reading “Kwangbok Temple” and “Saint Kwangbok”.
Those relics can date the Kwangbok Temple.
They also give a glimpse of the high masonry of the Koryo people.
They are very important materials in understanding the ideological consciousness, economic life and cultural development of the people during the Koryo Dynasty.
The remains of the “Kwangbok Temple” are very valuable historic relics of great significance in further enriching the treasure house of national cultural heritages and studying the history and culture of the Koryo Dynasty.