Museums of Korean History and Culture
A school class being told the story about the monument of Ichadon's martyrdom, at Gyeongju National Museum. Silla officially adopted Buddhism as the national religion in 528 CE, according to legend after Ichadon, a Buddhist monk and adviser to King Beopheung (who ruled from 514 to 540) was beheaded: his head, according to legend, sprang up into the air with milk, rather than blood, gushing up as high as three metres. The head fell on Mt. Sogeumgangsan and there followed a shower of flowers. The stone monument was erected in 817 to mark his martyrdom.