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Mangdeoksa Temple Site (망덕사지)(사찰)
· Area : Gyeongju · date of final modification : 2016-02-12
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Address 956, Baeban-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Inquaries 054-779-6109, 054-772-3843
Business hours 00:00~24:00
Time Open year-round
Holidays Open year-round

According to the records in Samguksagi, the Mangdeoksa Temple was completed in the summer of 684 (4th year by the reign of King Sinmun of Silla), or in April of 685, right next to the Sacheonwangsa Temple. According to legend, when the Kingdom of Silla defeated the army of Tang by constructing the Sacheonwangsa and used its power, the emperor sent a messenger to investigate the reason of their defeat. To conceal the true power of the Sacheonwangsa, Silla hastily constructed the Mangdeoksa, and made up a story that the temple was made 'to wish long life and prosperity of the Emperor of Tang', thus preventing another crisis. The former temple site is 24,261㎡, and there are still remains of the flagpole supports, remains of stupas, and bases.

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