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[Andong Travel] The oldest present Wood building_Bongjeongsa temple Geukrackjeon

Bongjeongsa temple Geukrackjeon, Bongjeongsa Geukrackjeon, the oldest wooden structure in Korea. worth to stop by just to see that Geukrackjeon hall.

pine tree was building a tunnel on either side of the road.
pine tree was building a tunnel on either side of the road.

Bongjeongsa temple Geukrackjeon, the oldest wooden structure in Korea.

Bongjeongsa Temple in Andong, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.

The phoenix made by folding the paper at Buseoksa Temple and sit here by the wind, Bongjeongsa Temple.

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Bongjeongsa Temple, located in the western part of Andong City.

Bongjeongsa Geukrackjeon(the hall of Paradise), the oldest wooden structure in Korea.

The temple is worth to stop by just to see that Geukrackjeon hall.

The way up from the entrance under Bongjeongsa Temple, Beginning of entry into which iljumun(First gate) does not come out yet.

Both pines leaned toward the road as if a pine tree was building a tunnel on either side of the road.

I can see a first gate in the distance.

From the entrance to the ticket office, you have to drive a couple of minutes up here.

Iljumun Gate(First gate)
The boundary of the temple begins from this gate. As soon as you enter the main gate, you will enter the sacred temple and behave yourself. It is the meaning of this gate.

A sentence written in the gate of Bongjeongsa Temple.

‘Bongjeongsa Temple on Mt. Cheondeung’

This is where Bongjeongsa Temple is located, Mt. Cheondeungsan.
The meaning of ‘Bong’ is Phoenix, ‘Jeong’ is Stay.

A temple with a phoenix in it, Bongjeongsa temple.

Passing through the main gate and going up near Bongjeongsa Temple, the road divides into two sections.

The one is the road on the right, through the sloping road and The other one is stairway, just below Manse-ro and right into the Great Hall.

I’m going up the concrete road to the right for the shoot.

If you’re new to here, I recommend that you go up the stairs to the bottom of the manseru.

That’s the way it is and the right way.

Several giant pine trees are guarding the entrance.

Big enough to look up at the edge of the sky.

the Coziness in the greatness, the grandeur and the freshness.
A place where all coexist.

I’m going up the side road and i enter Bongjeongsa temple through the side door.

If You walk through the side door and walk into the center, there is a huge pavillion. The name of this very pavillion is called ‘Manseru’.

People can’t go up to the Manseru.

There are safety concerns, and for protection, the nomal person can’t go up there.

If possible, I’d like to go up there and sit quietly and enjoy the view.

Daewoongjeon Hall of Bongjeongsa Temple, located in the same straight line as Manseru.

Those of people who come to Bongjeongsa Temple without knowing it, after seeing the Daewoongjeon, they think it’s the oldest wooden structure.

This is because its Dancheong is worn out, and all the wood was destroyed, giving it a very old energy.

Of course, Daewoongjeon is an old building, but it is not the oldest one.

If you go up through the bottom of the manseru, the invisible Daewoogjeon is revealed as you go up the stairs one by one.

If you look at the Daewoongjeon hall and move to the left, you will find a very small, compact wooden structure, and it is finally the Geungnakjeon Hall.

The neat building you can see in front of you is Geukrackjeon Hall.
Korea’s oldest wooden structure.

Many investigations were conducted on which structure came first, arguing with Buseoksa Temple’s Muryangsujeon Hall.

Here at Bongjeong Temple, the Geukrackjeon have won the title of the oldest building.

The oldest present Wood building_Bongjeongsa temple Geukrackjeon
The oldest present Wood building_Bongjeongsa temple Geukrackjeon

Unlike Buseoksa’s Muryangsujeon, Bongjeongsa’s Geungnakjeon has a small and compact taste.

Buseoksa Muryangsujeon is right in front and feel like it is saying ‘I am the owner!’

Bongjeongsa Hall of the Geungnakjeon feels like a reclusive master hiding his presence quietly behind the world.

The roof looks bigger than the body.

It looks heavy, but it feels stable.

Interior architectural design, ridgepole, etc.

Everything is related to this roof.

When I climb the hill to the left of the Geungnakjeon and look down at the Geungnakjeon, I like it best when I see the roof of the Geungnakjeon at a glance. This is the most beautiful figure.

Just looking at the tile relaxes me. I can feel the weight, the sense of unity, the sense of nobility and stability at a glance.

Then, why doesn’t the old tile-roofed building that’s being built these days taste doesn’t like it?

I think it’s because the tile pair is a tree.
Now, the buildings with the tile roof over their concrete bodies, I think they’re pretty crappy.

I think that’s because they use the bad match.

That soft curve of the tile roof. The picture is in perfect harmony with the mountain scenery that flows like a folding screen.

Bongjeongsa temple, Manseru
Bongjeongsa temple, Manseru

When i came up, i went up the side road, but when i go down, i’m going down under the Manseru.

I’m very proud of to be designated the World Heritage listing, I’m a little disappointed with that blue celebratory guidance sign.

Wouldn’t it be better to hang it on the wall?

Or maybe they could have put that on the entrance billboard?

Should they have hung it on the Manseru over there?

If you come to Andong, visit Hahoe Village and visit Bongjeongsa if you have a spare time.

Late autumn and winter with sunset time, I highly recommend stopping by around 6 o’clock to see the sunset!

Or the distance from Bongjeongsa Temple to Buseoksa Temple is just over an hour away.

If you come here only to see the Bongjeongsa Temple and Buseoksa Temple, I think it will be a big & enough trip.

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