Bell with Unique Acoustics in Pongdok Temple

Date: 03/12/2018 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

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Bell with Unique Acoustics in Pongdok Temple

The bell in Pongdok Temple in Kyongju, North Kyongsang Province was founded in 770. It is a precious cultural heritage which showcases the distinguished wisdom and talents of the Korean nation.

As the biggest among the bells existing in Korea, it was made by applying excellent founding and metal workmanship.

It is 3.33 metres high, 2.47 metres in diameter of the mouth, 26 cm in thickness of the mouth and 7.75 metres round, and weighs 72 tons.

The bell features solemn sound and lingering echoes.

Acousticians made clear in a scientific way that the bell owes its peculiar sound to the fact that two sounds interfere with each other and periodically repeat their rhythms for a while.

As the bell tolls in all directions with unique acoustics, its sound is heard even at a distance of 40 kilometres at night on a fine day.

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