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    • Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
    • Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
    • Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
    • Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
    • Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
    • Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
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 Classification Treasure   93
 Name of Cultural
 Properties
Two Rock-carved Standing Buddhas in Yongmi-ri, Paju
 Kind of Cultural
 Properties
 Quantity 2 Buddha statues
 Designated Date 1963.01.21
 Address San 8/ San 9, Yongmi-ri, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do  Paju-si  Gyeonggi-do
 Age Goryeo Period
 Owner National Property
 Manager Paju
 Description These two magnificent Buddha images were carved on a large natural rock wall.

As they are carved in natural stone, the bodies of the two Buddhas are rather disproportionate, giving the statues an outsized appearance.

Thus, these Buddhas exhibit a regional style characterized by secular rather than Buddhist characteristics.

The "rounded" Buddha statue on the left is wearing a round-shaped traditional Korean hat.

Its neck is a cylindrical in shape and its hands are holding a lotus flower to its chest.

The "square" Buddha statue on the right is wearing a square-shaped traditional Korean hat, and is sculpted in much the same way as the other statue, except its two hands are pressed together as if in prayer.

According to oral tradition, the Buddha with the round hat is a male Buddha while the other is a female Buddha.

During the Goryeo Dynasty, the childless King Seonjong (1049~1094, r.

1083~1094) married Princess Wonsin, but they were unable to have a child.

One day, the worried princess dreamt that she met two Buddhist priests who had attained spiritual enlightenment.

They said, "We live between some rocks on the southern slope of Mt.

Jangjisan.

We are very hungry.

Give us something to eat." Then they disappeared.

The princess considered this dream so strange that she told the king about it.

He immediately sent some people to Mt.

Jangjisan, where they found two big rocks standing side by side.

The king ordered the two Buddhist priests to be carved on this rock, built a temple there, and presented an offering to Buddha.

That year Prince Hansanhu was born.

Although these Buddha images are not very refined works of Goryeo, they are considered precious materials for studies on the regional style of the Buddha images of the Goryeo Period, as is the enduring birth legend of these rock-carved standing Buddhas.
 
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