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        Architecture in the Goryeo Dynasty

        The multi-tiered temples called pagodas had been common throughout Asia long before the Goryeo Dynasty. Each Buddhist country developed its own style of pagoda. This image is of the Wongaksa Pagoda in Seoul Korea. It was ordered to be built by King Sejo in 1467 on the site of a Buddhist temple built during the previous Goryeo Dynasty. The pagoda measures 39 feet high, and it is built entirely out of marble. At one time, Koreans believed the pagoda was sent from China to Korea as a gift. But modern investigations have determined that the pagoda was actually built in Korea and by Korean workmen. It is considered today one of the finest examples of stone pagodas in Korea. This photograph was taken around 1904. At the time, the top portion had been on the ground for some time. In 1947 it was refitted to the top by modern engineers. Today the pagoda is encased in a large glass box to protect it from the elements.

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