Sunset over Athens or Αθήνα, Greece, viewed from Mt. Lycabettus or Λυκαβηττός
Sunset over Athens or Αθήνα, Greece
Viewed from Mount Lycabettus or Λυκαβηττός
Sunset over Hwangryonsa Temple Site, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbukdo Province, Korea
photo by Seyun Oh
Photo by Seyun Oh
Hwangnyongsa, or Hwangnyong Temple (also spelled Hwangryongsa) is the name of a former Buddhist temple in the city of Gyeongju, South Korea. Completed in the 7th century, the enormous 9-story structure was built entirely with wood with interlocking design with no iron nails. It had a standing total height of 80 m (262ft), making it the tallest structure in East Asia and the tallest wooden structure in the world at the time of its construction. It was the center of state-sponsored Buddhism during the Silla and Unified Silla eras which were cultural beacons of Buddhism during its time. Its name means "Golden/Yellow Dragon Temple" or "Emperor/Imperial Dragon Temple." Archaeological excavations and other scientific studies of the temple began in April 1976 (OCPRI[clarification needed] 1984) and continue today.