A seok-deung (석등/石燈), stone lantern, on the grounds of Bo-gwang Temple. In original temple ground layouts, a single lantern was placed near the main hall. Its purpose was to literally and figuratively fend off the darkness. Bo-gwang Temple, deep in Paju at the foot of Mount Goryeong, was originally built by Master Doseon in the late 9th century.
Similar lanterns were often found near royal tombs and tombs of other elites and aristocrats. Their purpose was to not only light the way, but to ward off evil spirits who could bring harm to the grounds.