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The Buddha Sharira Stupa for World’s Peace and Unification

A Tower Built to Signify Many Buddhists' Wishes and Prayers for the Peaceful Reunification of the Two Koreas

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This place is a semi-sphere shaped Buddhist temple. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 10th, 1988 (lunar calendar) and the construction was completed on August 15th, 1988. 「The Buddha Sharira Stupa for World’s Peace and Unification」 was built to signify many Buddhists’ wishes and prayers for the peaceful reunification of the two Koreas. The tower was actually built to face the spiritual Baekdusan Mountain, the most ethnically significant mountain of Korea. Also, the tower serves as a point on the straight line connecting Baekdusan Mountain and Hallasan Mountain. It was constructed that way on purpose to connect the two mountains so that the whole Korean peninsula can be covered by people’s prayer for reunification. The tower is 33m high, with 33 being a reference to 33,000, and the floor’s area of 360 pyeong (1,190m2) signifies a Buddhist principle called “Wonyungmuae.” Records suggest that the tower’s grandiose Giwamanbul was carefully and delicately designed and constructed by monks and believers over the course of four years. Believers say that the efforts succeeded in impressing God, who rewarded them by ensuring a very bright and shiny weather on the day of the unveiling on April 26th, 1995. This place is also known for the place where two great Buddhist priests, 「Heoungdang Boudaeseonsa」 and 「Hwanseongdang Jiandaejongsa」, who were at the center of the Buddhist revival during the Joseon Dynasty, were martyred. Moreover, the place is known as the birthplace of the scripture transcribing movement that is popular among Buddhists worldwide today. Korean Buddhists hold an annual event to offer their transcribed scriptures at this place on the 15th of August.

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