Maitreya (Mireuk) Buddha (T 218)

Gwanchoksa, Buyeo, Korea
Early Goryeo, 967-1005 AD

This odd-looking colossal statue (18 m, 60') is Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future. Gwanchoksa was founded in 967, with major renovations in the later Goryeo and Joseon dynasties. The stone lantern (T 232) and pagoda are also from the early Goryeo dynasty.