Chungcheong-do Area

Beopjusa Temple: UNESCO World Heritage

Beopjusa Temple, a historic temple located under Sokri Mountain, was said to have been built during the reign of King Jinheung of Silla

Beopjusa Temple, UNESCO World Heritage
Beopjusa Temple: UNESCO World Heritage

Beopjusa Temple represents Songnisan Mountain, containing within it 1,500 years of history and a matching list of numerous National Treasures and Monuments. 

The only traditional wooden pagoda in Korea.

Beopjusa Temple
Beopjusa Temple

Beopjusa Temple, a historic temple located under Sokri Mountain, was said to have been built during the reign of King Jinheung of Silla and served as the central temple of the East Asian Yogacara in the Goryeo Dynasty. 

There are many cultural assets all over the place, so it is fun to visit one by one. Most notable here is the newly-built Bronze Maitreya Buddha statue in 1990. 

It is 33 meters tall and has a huge Buddha statue of more than 100 tons, which was originally the main building of Beopju Temple, where the statue of Maitreuk, built by Jin Pyo Yul monk in the Silla Dynasty, stood for a thousand years.

Bronze Maitreya Buddha statue
Bronze Maitreya Buddha statue

In the wake of Jeongyujaeran(Japanese invasion), the Maitreya statue disappeared and the Gilt-bronze Maitreya statue was made, which was demolished again by Heungseon Daewongun when he published a Dangbaekjeon to rebuild Gyeongbokgung Palace. 

On top of the yonghwabojeon Hall, which collapsed after liberation, the statue of Maitreya was built with cement, which was demolished and rebuilt by the current bronze Maitreya Buddha. 

The Palsangjeon Hall of the Five-story Wooden Pagoda opposite the bronze Maitreya Buddha is also a representative artifact symbolizing Beopjusa Temple. 

The Palsangjeon Hall of the Five-story Wooden Pagoda
The Palsangjeon Hall of the Five-story Wooden Pagoda

Beopjusa Temple was set on fire by the Japanese during the reign of King Jeongjo, and later restored Palsangjeon Hall when the temple was rebuilt. 

The name Palsangjeon was given because it depicts the Buddha’s life inside.

1,500-year history of Beopjusa Temple

Twin-lion Stone Lantern

Among the remaining old buildings, a two-story house is rarely built except for a palace, and Beopju Temple’s Daewoongjeon Hall is a two-story house with a Octagonal roofs.

Like the Palsangjeon Hall, the Daewoongjeon Hall was built after the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, and it has been built inside the temple, along with Birijana Buddha Triad, Nonassa Buddha, and Sakyamuni Buddha, and the size of the 5-meter-long Buddha statue is impressive. 

The iron cauldron and stoneware placed at the entrance of the temple are said to contain 80 kilos and 40 kilns, respectively.

Beopjusa Temple stoneware
Beopjusa Temple stoneware

Twin-lion Stone Lantern, located on the way from Palsangjeon to Daewoongjeon, was made during the Unified Silla Period and is recognized as one of the most beautiful works of its size and sculpture.

A Journey in the Forest of 5-li and red clay road

red clay road
red clay road

The forest road from the parking lot to Beopjusa Temple is called duck forest because it is about 5-li(approximately equal to 590 yards), which is a beautiful road with fir trees and pine trees covering the sky. 

The name “5-ri Forest Road” is named because it is about two kilometers long, half the distance of 10-li (4 kilometers) from Sangga Street to Beopjusa Temple.

It was made a red clay road next to the forest road. Walking along red clay road attracts visitors with a notice board that says it is good for preventing aging and preventing chronic fatigue and adult diseases.

The red clay road is why you have to walk barefoot. Walking along the red clay road with the freshness of the scent of pine, one feels the early spring.

Jeongipum Pine Tree
Jeongipum Pine Tree

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Activity Information 
[Temple Stay]

– Find happiness by finding one’s self
– Cultural day
– Everything will be fine

Operating Hours 

Parking Facilities 
Available (private parking lot)

Admission Fees 
Adults – Individual 4,000 won / Group 3,700 won
Teenagers – Individual 2,000 won / Group 1,600 won
Children – Individual 1,000 won / Group 800 won
* Group – 30 or more people
* Free – ages over 65

Parking Fees 
One-day parking: 7,000 won

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