Jebiwon Buddha

Andong, Korea

The Jebiwon Buddha was carved in the Goryeo Dynasty, probably 11th century according to the style of incised carving on the body. Jebiwon is the name of the statue's location, a pass used by travelers. The colossal Buddha is 12m (39ft) high, and represents either Amitayus or perhaps Maitreya. We were shown around the site by a monk attached to the site temple, who kindly pointed out many features of the statue and recounted the history and legends associated with it.