Gwangju National Museum
역사와 문화가 살아숨쉬는 국립광주박물관
Witnessing the Millenary Jeolla-do Buddhism
2020-05-11 ~ 2020-08-09
The Gwangju National Museum is pleased to present this year’s special exhibition titled Witnessing the Millenary Jeolla-do Buddhism: Donated Rubbings from the Namdo Buddhist Culture Research Society. This exhibition introduces works donated by the Namdo Buddhist Culture Research Society, which for nearly thirty years has been studying and taking rubbings of ancient inscriptions found around the Gwangju and Jeolla-do Province regions. Many ancient inscriptions remain in Buddhist temples in the Gwangju and Jeolla-do regions, including on epitaphs of eminent monks, pagodas, bronze bells, and steles recording about the construction of the temples. These inscriptions encapsulate the efforts of the countless people who have helped shape Buddhist culture in this area for over a thousand years. Moreover, they provide historical testimony on the traces of numerous people, including kings, officials, local political groups, eminent monks, and common devotees. This exhibition features forty-five Buddhist inscriptions that the Namdo Buddhist Culture Research Society has collected nationwide over the course of thirty years. It is hoped that visitors can appreciate this time-honored Buddhist culture and historical testimony from the Gwangju and Jeolla-do Province regions.