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Ancient copper bell discovered

Pyongyang, December 11 (KCNA) — A large copper bell dating back to the Koryo period has recently been discovered in Yonthan county township, North Hwanghae Province.

It is 83 centimeters high (the 15-centimetre-high hook included) and the diameter of the mouth is 55 centimeters. The hook looks like an open-mouthed dragon with a magic pearl on his right foot.

Inscribed in the bottom of the bell is a 110-odd-letter explanation of the origin of the bell, its casting date (April 1192) and its weight (150 kilograms).

The bell was nearly 150 years older than the Yonbok temple bell of Nam gate, Kaesong, which had been believed to be the oldest one dating back to the Koryo period.

The recently discovered bell, which shows good metal craft and casting skills and gives a detailed explanation about the bell, is regarded as national treasure of weighty significance in studying Buddhism and Buddhist temple bell in the period of Koryo.

It is on display at the Korean Central History Museum.

Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cynthinee/9434426428/

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