Stone Pagoda of Wongak-sa

Monument in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

This 10-tier, 12m-high monument in Tapgol Park once graced Wongak-sa, a Buddhist temple that stood here but was destroyed in 1504 on the orders of the Confucian king. Buddhists were forced out of the cities into the mountains, where most of Korea’s great temples still stand today. The pagoda, encased in a glass box, is decorated with wonderful carvings.