The Great Bell in Gyengju city of Korea, The Bell of King Seongdeok the Great

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The Bell has had very important meaning in Buddhism. They has stoke the bell in Buddhist temple to awake everything from the darkness and to give a peace and a rest for everything.

The Bell was as same as the words of Buddha to everything existed in the world.
In this point, the bell between Christianity and Buddhism is quite different.


The most important relic on the ground of Nation Museum in Gyeong Ju was a Seongdeokdaewang singing which could be translated in ‘the Bell of King Seongdeok the great.
I could see the Bell in the corner of the ground. I couldn't understand why they displayed the Bell in the corner of the Museum.
In my opinion, the Bell is the core of Shilla dynasty relics.


This bell was made in 771 AD in memory of King Seongdeok in Shilla dynasty after the unification of Korean peninsular.

This bell is the biggest and the heaviest in Korea.
(The height of 3.75 m, the width of the mouth of 2.27m, the thickness of 11-25 cm and the weight of 18.9 ton)

It was amazing this size of bronze bell could have lasted for more than 13 centuries.
The more amazing thing is the bell is still working normally in these days.

The really awesome thing is the sound of this bell is unbelievably beautiful. It has the longest sound pulse among the Bells in the world. If you strike once this bell, the sound can continue for several minutes due to the resonance of the bell.

Bell Sound

The sound spreads like a thick fog into our chest and mind when you hear this sound.

When I was an elementary school pupil, I could hear the sound of striking this bell. Many scientists had studied the phenomenon of the mysterious sound, but they failed to find out the mysterious sound.

Now we could not strike the bell anymore to preserve the bell longer.

Besides the mysterious sound, the structure and the patterns were unique and famous for it’s beauty.

There is a pipe of the sound on the head of the bell. This sound pipe is unique structure in Korean bell. The mysterious resonance was believed to be made by the sound pipe.



There are lots of small round projecting parts which are called as nipple of the bell in four directions.
I don’t know the reason why they named those structure the nipples.
But in my guess, the nipples of bell is a metaphorical expression of that the sound of the bell is the milk of life.



The one of the impressive design is an angel pattern on the Bell.
The name of the pattern is ‘Bi Cheon Sang’ which means ‘flying angel statue’



The lower part was decorated with various patterns.


The technic of carving this delicate pattern on the surface of the bell would be not easy in these days. But they made this delicate pattern1300 years ago.

I heard It is not easy to reproduce the bell even today.
Technic seemed to be not always progressive.

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the bell is so huge...

This antique of a treasure from the Shilla dynasty is really amazing piece of mastery by the people who made it about more than 1300 years ago. Koreans really are unique people in terms of industry leaders too


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This is interesting,a wonderful picture to behold


Yes, I heard It is not easy to reproduce the bell even today.
Technic seemed to be not always progressive

Great photo!

Great pictures. Thanks for travelling on our glad being exposed to these...


amazing history post thank for shearing


amazing photography.


@slowwalker, this is so refreshing, i once said when the culture of a people is lost, their value is gone.

The culture of the Korean has been upheld for many centuries though i never knew that the bell between Christianity and Buddhism is quite different. Thanks for bringing this to my awareness


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I have never ever saw such a large bell. During travel in Korea you take a awesome pictures. A historical bell which is related to King seongdeok. Thanks @slowwalker for sharing important Infos. My UPVOTE for you as a Support.


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I must say this bell looks really huge its beauty is incredible.....loved the designs into it...thanks for sharing about it....its worth reading.

Such landmarks and these symbols reflect the same history as the civilization that is built for any country and a place among the world has done good friend

Woah, that bell is really big. I wonder how it would sounds

loved your post, thanks so much for all the hard work ^^


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Love it. Thanks for sharing.

wow it look so beautiful..i really like to hear the sound of the has a very unique sound :)

seen many meanings and lessons in each engraving

Amazing information @slowwalker. Glad to know about traditions and cultures from the other religion. And this informations add to our knowledge sir.


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my pleasure is mine sir @slowwalker. more powers to you and to the whole family.

Nice post +1

wauhhh....this bell has really a great history background. The thing that amazes me is that old items do not get old actually. I mean its value and the creativity could always be done by the people who found its potential and i believe this can be the reason of why its still hard to make such similar bell.

The bell had a deep meaning in the buddhist community and would be a sound with a great meaning to convey. It attracted people's attention and was a calling to the community, either through cults or faith instructions.
Part of the youth has lost the old bell awaken system and decided to live in a post modernising era. BY post-modernism era, i mean there is no longer a universal truth and everyone is free to do his own will in the name of ''freedom''

We no longer have that calling, i mean the old bell that could shaken our spirit and take us on the right truck. We are the lost coins, shining in the desert but covered with the sand.

Tell me the right guy and i will ask you to find his bell.



Thank you for comment
Yes, whenever hear a Buddhist Bell sound, I feel the tranquility and the peace in my mind,


You are welcome Sir @slowwalker.
Glad that you read my long comment.

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In our country we have small bells.They are not this much large and they re made out of metal.At times there are bells made out of wood!!! And most of them are hanged on a pillar or tower.It is great to see the differences in these religious places depending on the country


Your explanation made me imagine peaceful scene

This post is very educating.. I never knew such a place exist.. I hope to explore a lot in this life

bell is very important, and usually its a bell on a place where it is a frequent place to visit people to worship in korea, success for you @slowwalker and his story is very interesting, and I really like to read your post, and I always get experience from your post about korean history,


thank you as always


Lol,,,, you are welcome my friend... 😀😀😀

Yes friend. Not yet very useful for us because without the bell we know when entering school is up to a friend .. thanks for sharing her friend info @slowwalker

Great beautiful post

That's awesome, the nipples of bell is a metaphorical expression of that the sound of the bell is the milk of life.

Nice one sir.

It has the longest sound pulse among the Bells in the world. If you strike once this bell, the sound can continue for several minutes due to the resonance of the bell.

that is pure physics

Waaoo this bell got a very unique history of it's own and i really like these old mysterious stuffs 😇

The sound should be very loud and iam shocked that it's still working like normally.🤔🤔

Thanks for sharing a wonderful peace of history with us dear @slowwalker

Qué impresionantes fotografías

It's a really great bell, it's a historic bell.
when I was in elementary school, this bell was also used as a bell sign in and out of class.
this is a good story @slowwalker.


I miss the bell sound in elementary school


I've been very missed with the sound of this bell.

thanks for helpful sharing

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Oh!. Very beautiful photography I' fall in love with these Image.I can't describe beauty by words because it's one type of feeling which every single people have. This picture is better than better


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The bells have symbolic meanings in religion. I did some research and here I'm sharing with you a list of three religions with the symbolic meanings accordingly:


In Christianity, the bell is said to represent the ‘voice of God.’


The Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, the bringer of knowledge and wisdom, is associated with the bell. The reverberation of the bell is used to help worshippers disengage the mind so that it becomes receptive.


The resonance of a bell signifies ‘pure wisdom’ because the sound is one of perfect harmony and clarity.


Thank you for your explanation
Your explanation is so helpful for me to understand more on the sound of Bell

What beautiful patterns! Filigree.
Thank you for sharing.

I saw him and only heard him here, but I couldn't see him around . And on your photo it is visible much better.

and here you can see how the monks beat the bell

This is very special artistic work. Great post @slowwalker.

bells always exist in the house of worship of buddha @ slow walker I am very interesting to read and see your post, success for you friend.

Big bell. So nice

Great pics as usual!!!

Love it. Thanks for sharing.

good snaps ...its nice evry now and then to know about the history and different cultures and communities around the world ...appreciate such content

Ithink this is uniqueness and various interesting things that always presented in your post brother @slowalker
travel with a very interesting story to read, good job brother !!!

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Very detailed history there. Thanks for sharing. At least as a Filipino, I get to know a bit of Korea's culture and history. Hope to visit other countries soon like Korea. Thanks for sharing! :-)

Buddhism is a very interesting religion. Perhaps one of the most soulful and linking man with nature. I am very interested in this topic. Although I belong to the Christian faith. Yet many of the teachings of Buddhism are close to me. Recently I have been actively studying yoga practices and it is very closely intertwined with Buddhism.
Thank you for your wonderful article.


Thank you for comment.
Yoga is very close to Hinduism as Buddhism in my guess

Bells in Nigeria are only really useful in some churches and in schools to mark the beginning and the end of lectures and classes. Wow. This bells are really big. Thanks for adding to my knowledge.


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Hiiiiii @slowwalker..... I posted a post related to history for you. I am sure you will like it.

Exploring the AHOMS.

During the first part of the 13th century, a price from northern Myanmar, Sukapha, laid the foundation of a kingdom in upper Assam (A state in the Northeast India), at present in the Sibsagar district. He belong to the TAI branch of the Mongoloid race. Members of his family and his compatriots were known in Assam as 'Ahom'. It is from their name that the state later came to be known as 'Assam'.
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The Ahoms once inhabited some parts of Mongolia and Northern China. Gradually, they spread over some areas of Yunan province of China and the entire Hukong valley in Northern Burma. There they formed a number of small states. The most well known of these states was Mungmao. In course of time, this state became divided into two-- Mungrimungram & Maolung. From Maolung in Northern Burma, the Ahoms under Sukapha migrated to Assam.
In the year 1215 C.E, Sukapha left Maolung for Assam along with his family, followers and soldiers. After wandering for about thirteen years in the hilly areas, he entered the Brahmaputra valley in 1228 C.E. Sukapha then followed the course of the Dihang river and advanced towards Namrup and Tipam. He arrived at Abhaypuri in 1236 C.E., where he stayed for a few years. As this region was affected by recurrent floods, he left for Having where he stayed for two years. He left Having as it too was prone to devastating floods, and reached Dikhowmukh from where he shifted to Lligiragaon and then to Simalugan. Finally in the year 1258 C.E., Sukapha arrived at Charaideo and established his capital. This was the first capital of the Ahom kingdom. The Ahoms claimed that the royalty were the descendants of Langdon or Indra, the Hindu God.


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(Statue of king Sukapha)
Sukapha had an extra ordinary personality. With courage and perseverance, relentless energy and foresight, he laid the foundation of one of the strongest kingdoms in the north-east region of India.
Through collective effort, the Ahoms reclaimed marshes and made them suitable for wet rice cultivation. All such lands became community lands and were distributed among the various families. This communal ownership of land was the basis of the entire Ahom state. The Ahom economy was dependent on forced labour or paiks. Barter was the chief means of exchange.
Sukapha laid the foundation of a sound administration. He appointed two members -- Known as Buragohain and Borgohain -- from the noble families as ministers. The Ahom society was divided into clans or khels. He adopted a conciliatory policy of love and friendship with tribes inhabiting the neighborhood of Charaideo. He unified all the smaller state and feudal territories into one big Ahom state.

The Ahom kingdom after Sukapha.

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(Rang Ghar, built under the reign of the Ahom king Swargadeo Rudra Singha)
Sukapha died in the year 1268 C.E. and was succeeded by a number of kings, the most important of whom was Sudangpha who ascended the throne in the year 1397 C.E. He brought several Brahmin families to the capital and started the worship of 'Salagram Vishnu' in the palace. Thus, while Hinduism was introduced in Assam through the Ahoms, the system of Sumdeo worship continued as before. Naturally, the Ahom priestly class protested against Hinduism on several occasions. Sudangpha established a new capital at Charaguwa.
Among the kings following Sudangpha, Suhungmung or 'Dihingiya Raja' (1497-1539 C.E.) was the most powerful. He established a new capital at Bakata. His reign is very significant in the history of Assam. It was during this time that the Brahmanical legend of divine origin of the Ahom kings was deployed, linking the Ahom royalty with God Indra. Suhungmung took the title of 'Swarganarayan'. Since then, Ahom kings began to take the title 'Swargadeo'. He defeated the Chutiya king and annexed his territory. He also deported members of the Chutiya aristocracy from the state and established them in the Ahom kingdom. He appointed an official called Sadiyakhowa Gohain to rule over the annexed territories.
Now the Ahom kingdom was extended as far as the Arunachal hills. As a result, forest products like elephant, minerals, brine salt, etc., became easy to procure. Later on Suhungmung also subjected the Bhuyans and annexed most of their territories. Likewise, Suhungmung finally crushed the power of Kacharis and annexed their territory. Thus, the Ahom state extended up to Nagoan in the south Brahmaputra region. Suhungmung added a third minister called Borpatra Gohain. Thereafter, at the top of Ahom administration, there were three ministers besides the king.
Suhungmung is considered as one of the real builder of the Ahom state. He undertook the first population census of his kingdom and brought different classes of craftsman from outside of his state and established them in his kingdom. Sankardeva started his neo-Vaisnavite movement in Assam during his reign. He established friendship with king Pratapruda of Orissa and excavated a tank near Jagannath temple. The Ahoms faced many invasions. In 1662 Mughal attacked Ahoms and despite have defense they were defeated.
The important facts about the Ahom state are : Ahom state dependent on forced labour (paiks). Each village had to send a number of paiks by rotation and adults were employed in army during the war. Ahom society was divided into khels. The village administration was controlled by khels.


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Great history there my brother @slowwalker

Great pics and stories behind them, my good friend lives in Seoul, planning a trip there someday.

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I love to know about historical places. Thanks for this amazing post. I am feeling jealous to visit Korea.

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such an amazing snaps!!
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a nice post.I really like to see it move on a very useful post

That is one massive bell right there. I wrote a post the other day about Chenrezig, also included some custom art. You may be interested, not sure if you are buddhist or if you just enjoy the style and teachings to a certain extent like myself.


They dont make things the way they used to thats for sure.
You just dont get quality anymore.. thanks for sharing this piece of history with us.

I have actually been here before, i don't remember it being a glass wall there though

In India, the Ellora Buddhist cave systems have some ingenious ancient acoustics that are modeled as reverberation chambers. Monks would chant and the voice would echo throughout! Here's our film on the caves:

Buen post! Gracias por compartir tu viaje y las fotos son muy bonitas.

bell is great @slowwalker, good luck always make @slowwalker

Good photography

The milk of life comes from the nipples of the bell! I kind of like that! lol

Yesterday I watched a great travel show episode all about Korea. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. Have you heard of this show? It's quite famous in the US.

It was like 45 minute flashback of my Korean teaching days. Drinking soju with Business men to eating strange seafood in Garek Market! Ohh.....Koera, how I miss theee! Great post as usual my friend!


I didn't hear of him. I need to look at Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Great photography.
Since this bell got nipples, it must surely give life.

Thank you for sharing... Such a wonder. Namaste.

This is really a tourist attraction and thanks for sharing this with us

Thnks for Photo and Story about The Great Bell in Gyengju city of Korea.

I wish to visit it in Korea.

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Nice Post!

Such a good read! Very interesting bell.

i really love this

Thank you for the post , very good

in aceh there is also, its name is cakra donya. gift from china ship by admiral cheng ho, 1414 M.
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Very large bell, so curious with the sound of bell it.

Great! Really magnificient with superb design.

Fascinating. There is definitely some magic in bells. If you ever have a chance go and take a look at Mingun bell on the outskirts of Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma).

At 90 tons, the Mingun Bell reigned as the largest ringing bell in the world until 2000. Now it's probably the second largest after the 116-ton Bell of Good Luck at the Foquan Temple, Pingdingshan, Henan, China.

It's a bell that is still manual but very much meaning even though it's still traditional,
In Aceh there is also a traditional tool like that precisely in mesium house aceh age is also very old!

very good photos full of historical value

Beautifull classic picture

I have never at any point saw such a vast ringer. Amid movement in Korea you take a magnificent pictures. A chronicled chime which is identified with King seongdeok. Much obliged @slowwalker

it's very nice.i just like the decoration and patterns.Thank you for shearing

I admire your ability to constantly produce quality content. Interesting and well written article! 👍

i still cant believe it, south korea still has the existence of buddhism, all i have heard was that south korea majority of the religion is christianity.

very nice pics thanks for your post dear friend

I'v been there.
Thanks for reflection.

Detailed explanation is great.

"life is all about exposure ..... Culture as well is an exposure to life". Nice post from you really informative.

It's amazing! you should do that for a living!

Woaa. Amazing 😍😍

It is really great, that the bell has existed for so long and is now functioning. It would be interesting to hear his ringing, I think it's amazing )


it's most unique history lesson.
My first name Kim came from Shilla Dynasty.
Love Kyung Ju so much.

I think they express their spiritual world.
I feel it was the time when there was seriousness giving meaning to anything.
Thank you^^

this is a grate one.

Interesting post @ slowwalker, indeed I see in those bell films very useful for them ..
Thank you for sharing his information

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Great pictures, and the history of the bell, I like that you have photographed by the bell to detail the symbols that you have, and enjoy the history that complements and translates that era. I follow you

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it,s a historical bell.thanx for amazing post.
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This is history indeed.
Thanks for sharing

Is it still in use?

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The diversity in each culture is what makes travel an unforgettable experience, whatever the place you visit for the first or several times, every day you learn something new from the places. It is evident the difference that the bell has between Buddhism and Christianity but they share something in common, they are indispensable for the development of the ceremonies. Excellent post it is always nice to read informative post, greetings from Venezuela.