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 Classification National Treasure   11
 Name of Cultural
Stone Pagoda at Mireuksa Temple Site, Iksan
 Kind of Cultural
 Designated Date 1962.12.20
 Address 97 Giyang-ri, Geumma-myeon  Iksan-si  Jeollabuk-do
 Age Late Baekje Period
 Owner National Property
 Manager Iksan City
 Description It is a pagoda standing at Mireuksa Temple Site in Iksan City, the largest temple in Baekje Era, and the oldest stone pagoda that shows the transferring process from wooden to stone pagoda.

Presently the remaining part is only up to sixth floor, and about half has been crashed.

So the crashed part has been cemented.

It is the strongest view that the date of the pagoda's building might be during the King Mu (600 - 640) period at the end of Baekje Era.

The pagoda is square and multi-story, but we can't know how many stories it used to have because only some part remains now.

In structure, the pedestal is low and single-story like a wooden pagoda.

Each side of the first stone support for the pagoda body is divided to three spaces, and the middle space has an opening so that the inside is penetrated to four directions.

There is a huge square pillar at the center of the inside.

There stands a corner pillar that is swollen at the middle and narrow at the upper and down part at each side of the first stone support, and there are horizontally laid wood on an architrave and architrave on the pillar like a wooden structure.

The roof stone is thin and wide, and a little rises at the four corners.

From the second floor, the pagoda body becomes lowered and simple in the expression of each part, and the roof stone also becomes less in the width.

But the skill and technique are the same.

It is very sorry that the crashed part is cemented, but it is the oldest and largest among the remaining stone pagoda.

It is a very valuable cultural treasure as it faithfully shows the transferring process from wooden to stone pagoda.
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