The exhibition titled “Time Capsules of 863 Resurrected Again” is held.
/Photography by Park Ji-won
The exhibition titled “Time Capsules of 863 Resurrected Again” is held at the permanent exhibition room on the first floor of Dongguk University Museum. Operating hours are from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. on weekdays and the museum is closed on weekends and holidays. The relics on display include the Treasure No. 741, “Former Daegu Biroam Three-story Stone Pagoda in Donghwasa Temple,” “Songjin and Silk Fabric,” “Yeonhwamunpan,” and three items of “Sotap.” Those relics were known through the thesis in 1969. However, this exhibition is the first time to present the excavated relics which were found with the “Former Daegu Biroam Three-story Stone Pagoda in Donghwasa Temple” to the public. Through this exhibition, you can learn the political background of the royal family of the Unified Silla in detail and feel a part of them.
Kwon Bo-kyung, Museum Curator of Dongguk University, said “These relics give us the image of the Unified Silla royal family in 863. In addition, it shows the specific method and style of Silla’s Sarira Reliquary, which was used to hold the cremated remains of a monk. Also, through the firm appearance of Songjin, we can recognize that the carved side of the Sarira Reliquary was faced inward. These facts are an important clue to the arrangement of the Former Daegu Biroam Three-story Stone Pagoda in Donghwasa Temple, which has been controversial. Therefore, if you focus on the overall shape of the Unified Silla Sarira Reliquary and the rigid appearance of Songjin, you will be able to enjoy it more.” She also added, “Sarira Reliquary, which was enshrined in 867, appeared in front of us after 1,100 years of stealing in the 1960s and dismantling repairs in 1967. Then, it was stored in a storage for more than 50 years due to conservation problems. Finally, it is being displayed in front of many people for the first time. Visit the museum and feel the time capsule of King Gyeongmun, who worked hard to stabilize the Silla kingdom, and to close the royal divisions and conflicts of Silla.” The exhibition will be held free until June 30th. If you need more information, contact the museum.
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