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Ganghwa Jeondeungsa Temple: with history and myths

Jeondeungsa Temple has the longest history among existing Korean temples. it is a building that protected the country through the blessing of the Buddha.

Ganghwa Jeondeungsa Temple: with history and myths
Ganghwa Jeondeungsa Temple: with history and myths

Jeondeungsa Temple has the longest history among existing Korean temples. it is a building that protected the country through the blessing of the Buddha.

The oldest temple in Korea

The Jeondeungsa Temple
The Jeondeungsa Temple

Jeondeungsa Temple has the longest history among existing Korean temples, and it is a fundamental building of Buddhism that protected the country through the blessing of the Buddha.

It begins to be seen through the dense wood of the trees.

Walking up the stairs to the right, you will pass under the Daejoru, which serves as the gate to the Great Hall.

If you pass below, you will see Daeungjeon Hall designated as Treasure No. 178.

On the left side of the front yard was a 400-year-old big zelkova tree, providing a cool shade.

Since the temple was built in 1621 during the Joseon Dynasty’s Gwanghaegun reign, it has been built for 400 years.

Yaksajeon
Yaksajeon

The foundation of the temple has piled up natural stones, and the curves of the roof are larger than the traditional hanok. So the eaves on both ends rise a little higher in the sky than the traditional hanok.

Interesting story about a naked woman statue

statue of a naked figure squatting down and supporting the roof
statue of a naked figure squatting down and supporting the roof

There is an interesting story in this temple. Looking at the four corners of the eaves of the building, there is a statue of a naked figure squatting down and supporting the roof with his arms. It is a unique appearance that cannot be found in other buildings.

Do Pyeon-su, a construction engineer at the time of the construction of Daeungjeon Hall, was having an affair with tavern barmaid in lower village.

So he gave the money to barmaid for the cost of construction, but by the end of the construction, she had taken the money and disappeared. In anger, Do Pyeon-su created four nude figures that resembled the woman and placed them on the four corners of the Daeungjeon Hall to support the roof.

It was said that he always listened to the teachings of the Buddha and said that he wanted to be refreshed.

Exquisite pieces that make it worth seeing

Jeondeungsa Temple  Daeungjeon Hall
Jeondeungsa Temple Daeungjeon Hall

However, it is not a well-founded story. There is also a claim that it is not a nude figure but a statue of a white monkey.

Buddha, as a white monkey in his previous life, was said to have taught many troubled monkeys to live well. It is also interpreted that the Monkey figurines were carved to compare the Monkey to a human being, and that visitors to the Great Hall should forget the agony and seek peace of mind after hearing the words from the Buddha.

Beomjong Bell
Beomjong Bell 

Looking around the interior of Daeungjeon Hall, the decoration of the canopy on the Buddha statue is quite splendid. It is an ornament that represents the space where Buddha is located. In the center of the canopy, you can see two dragons with their heads down, and two kingbird, quite large, flying in the sky on both sides.

The pedestal holding the Buddha statue also has many exquisite pieces that make it worth seeing.

 Jeondeungsa Temple
Jeondeungsa Temple

Closed
N/A (Open all year round)

Activity Information
[Temple Stay]
Hands-on type program / Retreat type program
* More inforation is available via the website or phone inquiry.

: https://eng.templestay.com/temple_info.asp?t_id=jds5450

Operating Hours
07:30-18:30

Parking Facilities
50 parking spaces

Parking Fees
Small cars 2,000 won
Large-sized cars 4,000 won

Admission Fees
Individuals – Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,000 won
Groups – Adults 2,500 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 800 won

* Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (middle and high School) / Children (elementary school) / Free admission for preschoolers & younger


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