Position set by the phoenix, Bongjeongsa Temple
The founding story of Bongjeongsa Temple is as beautiful as a poem.
During the Unified Silla Period, the temple was built by a Buddhist monk, who blew out a paper-folded phoenix from Buseoksa Temple and sat in this quiet place.
A paper phoenix with monk’s mercy of Buddha built its nest on a cozy mountaintop.
The temple, full of antique rather than splendor, is as graceful as the phoenix’s figure.
The temple space, which starts at Deokhwiru, replacing the main gate of the temple, is accessible only when you climb steep stairs, as if you are trying to find Buddha’s words.
The temple, which combines Daewoongjeon, Geungnakjeon and several building, hides treasures that are easy to pass through.
The Geungnakjeon Hall is the oldest wooden structure in Korea.
There is something special about the temple’s architectural style
Based on Sangryangmun’s records discovered during repair work in 1972, some scholars even claim its origin in at least 1,363 years and as many as the Goguryeo period, which is older than Buseoksa Temple’s Muryangsujeon.
Inside the floor of the black tiles, it also contains deep historical times.
Daewoongjeon Hall, a building of the early Joseon Dynasty, has an unusual corridor.
It looks like a sarangchae(men´s part of a house) houses of noble families, combined with the woodwork of Dancheong(traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden buildings).
The HuBultanghwa(altar portrait of Buddha), which was faded to the back of a Buddha statue enshrined inside, is the oldest Buddhist mural found in Korea during recent repairs.
There is something special about the temple’s architectural style that has changed over 700 years.
Passing through the One Pillar Gate, you’ll see the Manseru.
There’s a stone staircase that goes straight up to the entrance of Manseru. Next to it, there’s a path back to the low slope. You can choose between the two and go up there.
But we have to go through the main entrance, so I have to go through the stone steps of the main entrance.
Just after Manseru, you will see the main temple(Daewoongjeon).
This great hall looks old because all the dancheong(traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden buildings) is gone.
It is said that some people mistake this building as the oldest wooden structure. But here is the Daewoongjeon.
Geungnakjeon Hall is the moves on to the left side.
If you move to the left of the Daewoongjeon, there’s a small yellow building. This building is the Geungnakjeon Hall of Bongjeongsa Temple.
It is the oldest wooden structure in our country.
Come lightly, look carefully, and come out quietly again.
It’s a refreshing place.
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