Nat'l Museum of Korea Purchases 2 Rare Buddhist Statues From Kansong Museum

Treasure No. 285, Gilt-Bronze Standing Bodhisattva (left), and Treasure No. 284, Gilt-Bronze Standing Buddha (National Museum of Korea)

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- The National Museum of Korea (NMK) has purchased two rare ancient Buddhist statues that were recently put up for sale in the auction market but failed to attract bidders, according to the museum on Monday. The state-run museum has recently purchased two statues -- the Gilt-bronze Standing Buddha and the Gilt-bronze Standing Bodhisattva -- from the Kansong Art Museum that were put up for sale at an auction in late May but failed to attract bidders, NMK said in a statement. The Gilt-bronze Standing Buddha, dating back to the middle of the seventh century during the period of the United Silla, was designated as South Korea's Treasure No. 284 in 1963. [More