Igyeondae Pavilion

unknown and photo by Oh SaeyoonUnified Silla

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum
Gyeongju-si, South Korea

Located on the seashore and offering a view of Daewangam, the submerged tomb of King Munmu, this pavilion is where King Sinmun encountered a dragon and received a flute called manpasikjeok the year after Gameunsa Temple’s construction. Manpasikjeok refers to a flute that can calm the breaking waves, and it is said that this magic flute has worked marvels; for example, defeating enemies, curing diseases, releasing rain in times of drought, stopping rain in the monsoon season, and tempering winds and calming waves. It is believed that Igyeondae, the name of this pavilion, was taken from a phrase from The Book of Changes, “As a dragon flies in the sky, following a great man is beneficial.” Since an ancient building lot was discovered at this site, this pavilion was restored at its present location. However, it still remains a matter of controversy as to whether Igyeondae was actually located here during the Silla period.


  • Title: Igyeondae Pavilion
  • Creator: unknown, photo by Oh Saeyoon
  • Date Created: Unified Silla
  • Location: 661, Daebon-ri, Gampo-eup, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
  • Physical Dimensions: photo
  • Type: architecture

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