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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Gwanchoksa Temple In 1904

A stone statue of Maitreya (Sanskrit term meaning the Merciful) Bodhisattva, located at the center of 'Gwanchoksa' Temple, and called 'Eunjin Miruk'. The Korean word Miruk signifies the Sanskrit word for Maitreya. Its height is 18.2 m, making it the largest Buddhist stone carving in Korea. It was erected in 967 AD under the rule of the 4th king Kwangjong of the Koryo dynasty and designated as the Korean national treasure #218. Kwanchoksa Temple is located in the city of Nonsan, around 120 miles southeast of Seoul, and serves as a major tourist attraction to this day.

Via Cornell University Library.

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