Goryeo dynasty

The Goryeo dynasty unified the Korean Peninsula and was a time of great artistic achievements and devotion to Buddhism.

918–1392 C.E.

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Stone bodhisattva from the site of Hansongsa Temple
Stone bodhisattva from the site of Hansongsa Temple

This seated bodhisattva statue was once displayed in Hansongsa Temple, located in a significant area for the legendary Silla military unit known as the Hwarang.

Celadon Melon-shaped Bottle
Celadon Melon-shaped Bottle

This vase exemplifies the Goryeo royal court’s exceptional taste for fine celadon.

Celadon dragon-shaped ewer and celadon turtle-shaped ewer
Celadon dragon-shaped ewer and celadon turtle-shaped ewer

Coated in luminous jade-colored glaze, these sanghyeong celadon vessels combine the beauty of artworks for appreciation with the function of household implements

Official Register from the late Goryeo period
Official Register from the late Goryeo period

The practice of collecting different information from a person depending on his social status carried over from the official registers of the late Goryeo period to those of the Joseon period

Celadon incense burner with lion cover and celadon incense burner with open work geometric design
Celadon incense burner with lion cover and celadon incense burner with open work geometric design

The sheer variety of Goryeo celadon incense burners demonstrates how widespread the culture of incense burning was during the period.

Bronze bell with inscription: “Cheonheungsa”
Bronze bell with inscription: “Cheonheungsa”

This large temple bell is the oldest extant bell from the Goryeo period.

Ten-story Stone Pagoda of Gyeongcheonsa Temple
Ten-story Stone Pagoda of Gyeongcheonsa Temple

This ten-story stone pagoda was originally erected on the site of Gyeongcheonsa Temple in 1348

Kundika with Landscape Design
Kundika with Landscape Design

One of the most striking aspects of this kundika is its unusual green color, which arouses great curiosity.

<i>Maebyeong</i> with peony design
Maebyeong with peony design

This large maebyeong with a peony design represents the peak of Goryeo celadon.

<i>Maebyeong</i> with cloud and crane design
Maebyeong with cloud and crane design

Why was this Goryeo maebyeong designated as a “Treasure” of Korea?

Cast-iron Buddha
Cast-iron Buddha

This early iron Buddha is an imposing and impressive figure.

Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, and the Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, and the Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks

The Temple of Haeinsa, on Mount Gaya, is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks

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