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 Classification Historic Site   150
 Name of Cultural
Mireuksa Temple Site in Iksan
 Kind of Cultural
 Designated Date 1966.06.22
 Address 32-2 Giyang-ri, Geumma-myeon  Iksan-si  Jeollabuk-do
 Owner National and Private Property
 Manager Iksan City
 Description This is the site of Mireuksa Temple located in Giyang-ri of Iksan-gun.According to Samguk yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), on the way that King Mu of Baekje Dynasty and his queen went to Sajasa Temple, they saw trinities of Maitreya Buddha appearing at the pond down the Yonghwasan Mountain.

Then, on the request of the queen, King Mu let the pond reclaimed and pagodas, halls for the image of Buddha and ambulatory built.

According to the record, Mireuksa Temple was built during the reign of King Mu and disclosed in Joseon Dynasty.

The temple has two stone pagodas, namely Dongtap (east pagoda), Seotop (west pagoda), one wooden pagoda between them, and halls for the image of Buddha behind the pagodas.

The arrangement to the buildings of the temple is very unique with the ambulatory dividing the buildings.

All the halls for the image of Buddha have front 5 rooms and 4 side rooms.

And the space under the room seems to be made to protect the wooden floor against the moisture.

Some buildings of the temple equipped with Ondol (floor heating system) are important to study the development of Ondol in the era of Goryeo and Joseon.The excavated relics of this temple include roof-tiles, some of which the letters are written on, earthen vessels, metals, and wooden materials.

Seotap (west pagoda) designated the National Treasure No.

11 is really valuable as the oldest stone pagoda.

In pavilion, you can see the miniature of the restored Mireuksa Temple.Mireuksa, which has really great historical importance, is a kind of guardian temple built with an intention of protecting the state with the sprite of Buddha and was regarded really important until Baekje Dynasty was vanished.
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