Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism - Pagoda

Visible from along the ascending pathway leading to the Main Hall of the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism and nestled among the richly green trees and foliage of the surrounding mountains is the Five-Story Pagoda, a striking 32.7m wooden structure richly painted in a vibrant and traditional Korean style. Pagodas were originally built to house Buddhist relics and the remains of prominent Monks. On top of the pagoda you can see an antenna like structure. It is a finial or sourin that combines many symbols of Buddhism, it also has the very practical purpose of preventing the pagoda from leaking where all the roof elements are joined and also functions as a lightning rod.

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