Mireuksaji Seoktap in Iksan
will be fully restored and open to the public March 12th, 2019.
This is a 20 year restoration. This Baekje treasure will be analyzed greatly in the coming months. As the oldest (639 C.E.) and largest pagoda (14.5m) in Korea, it is undoubtably a national treasure, but will the restoration be celebrated for its authenticity or criticized for looking "newish"? From my understanding and what I witnessed, the stones were meticulously catalogued in order to use as much original materials in their correct location upon re-assembly.View before and after pictures in links belowhttp://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/06/21/2018062101791.htmlhttp://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137172My picture from June 2011
According to experts involved in the restoration work, "There are 3,000 stones that were dismantled and removed. 81% of these were re-used. The ratio of the old stone to the new stonework is 65% and 35%, respectively, and it has been reused as much as possible."