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Temples

Cheongnyangsa Temple

Cheongyangsa Temple

Located in the middle of Mt. Cheongnyang Provincial Park, this temple was founded by the Great Priest Wonhyo in the 3rd year of rule by King Munmu of Shilla (663) and was later rebuilt during the latter years of Goryeo. Rocks and peaks are densely surrounded by pine and various broad-leaved trees.

Bosal Peak overlooking Mt.Cheongnyang is located right behind Cheongnyangsa Temple. The tablet of 'Yuribojeon' written by King Gongmin is preserved here. At one point, 27 monks' cells including Yeondaesa Temple, an ancient temple of the Shilla, were located within this temple site. As such, Cheongnyangsa Temple was a cradle of Shilla Buddhism. At present, only the Cheongnyangsa Temple and an auxiliary building of Eungjijeon remain.

Gakhwasa Temple

Gakhwasa Temple

This temple was founded during the 16th year of rule by King Munmu of the Shilla (AD676). Namhwasa Temple in Seodong-ri was closed down by the Great Priest Wonhyo and moved to this location in 676. Hence, this temple was named 'Gakhwa', which means 'thinking of Namhwasa Temple'. The site of Gakhwasa Temple is known to avoid all disasters.

Therefore, Mt. Taebaek Storage (Historical Remains No. 348), one of the give storage places keeping the chronicles of the Joseon dynasty, is located in this temple.

Chukseosa Temple

Chukseosa Temple

Chukseosa Temple was founded in the year 673 (13th year of rule by King Munmu of the Shilla), three years before Buseoksa Temple. Most buildings burned down during the Korean War and, currently, only the Daewungjeon and temple dormitory remain.

The Seated Stone Statue of Buddha with Halo, a stone lantern and a three-storied stone pagoda are located in this temple. In particular, Chukseosa Temple is famous for its landscape viewed from the temple that consists of undulating mountain ridges and mountain peaks floating over clouds as if islands on the sea.

Cheonseongsa Temple

Cheonseongsa Temple

This temple was founded in 1952 by the current head priest, Lee Hwa-seong. The Stone Statue of Standing Buddha inside the sermon hall and the three-storied stone pagoda in front of the temple were moved to this location together with two stone pagodas from the ancient temple site in Seonghwanggok, Bongseong-ri, Bongseong-myeon.

Jirimsa Temple

Jirimsa Temple

Nestled at the base of a mounting in Bukji-ri, this temple exudes coziness. Inside the temple site, the Rock-carved Seated Statue of Buddha designated as National Treasure No. 201 is located together with a triad Buddha and a relief of Buddha on a stone pagoda.

Hongjesa Temple

Hongjesa Temple

As for the founding of Hongjesa Temple, there are two different views. One says that it was founded by Jajangyulsa during the era of the 26th King of the Shilla (King Jinpyeong). The other says that it was founded by the Great Priest Wonhyo during the era of the 30th king of Shilla (King Munmu). It was rebuilt by the Great Priest Samyeong during the era of the 14th king of Joseon (King Seonjo) and was named Hongje after the king's posthumous title. Hongjesa Temple used to house portrait scrolls of the Great Priest Seosan and the Great Priest Samyeong.However, the scrolls burned down in the early 1960s. The current sermon hall was rebuilt in March 1966.