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Gyeongdeok of Silla was the 35th ruler who reigned from 742 to 765 over the kingdom of Silla. He is perhaps best known today for his efforts to encourage Buddhism.

Gyeongdeok of Silla
Hangul
경덕왕
Hanja
景德王
Revised RomanizationGyeongdeok Wang
McCune–ReischauerKyŏngdŏk Wang
Birth name
Hangul
김헌영
Hanja
金憲英
Revised RomanizationGim Heon-yeong
McCune–ReischauerKim Hŏnyŏng

The Bulguksa Temple was built by his orders in 751. He also built Seokguram Grotto, which also included Buddhist art. The grotto has features relevant to the pre-existing shamanistic religion as well. Lastly, he commissioned the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, named for his father. This bell was finished after his own death during the reign of his son, King Hyegong. It is considered one of the finest examples of Buddhist art.

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Gyeongdeok of Silla
 Died: 765
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Hyoseong
King of Silla
Silla
742–765
Succeeded by
Hyegong