Sacred place of the Haesu Gwaneum Statue that overcame the flames.
Back in 2005, a wildfire hit Naksan Temple in a strong wind. Ironically, it was Arbor Day on April 5. That fire caused Naksan Temple totally destroyed.
I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the sight of the burning Wontongbojeon and the melting of the Joseon Dynasty bronze bell, which was designated as a treasure.
However, the eight-year restoration of Naksan Temple was completed in November, 2013.
Naksan Temple, which was reborn as a Buddhist temple, still has its appearance as a sacred place for the Haesu Gwaneum Statue. Visit the newly restored Naksan Temple.
Center of Naksan Temple: Wontongbojeon
It’s the main hall of Bodhisattva and the symbolic structure as the sacred place for Gwaneum belief.
For the restoration of Wontongbojeon, a yangyang city’s pine tree was used.
In the early Joseon Dynasty, Wontongbojeon, a polypod-style, was three square in front and three square in the side of the eight-story roof, with a sense of stability and majestic energy.
As we approach Wontongbojeon, the color becomes vivid and the splendor of Dancheong becomes delicate, like we don’t know where to put our eyes.
Just by looking at the rafters, one can tell how much they had put their heart and soul into it.
The harmony between Naksan Temple and Nature
If you head from Wontongbojeon to the seaward standing Gwaneum statue, another attraction of Naksan Temple awaits.
It takes about 20 minutes on foot, but if you turn your head, Naksan Temple’s harmony with nature stops you from walking.
The seaward standing Gwaneum statue is a giant Buddha statue 15 meters high and 3 meters around, carved by Kwon Jeong-hak, the first person to carve the statue.
The construction period is considerable by size. It was built in 1971 and completed in six and a half years later.
Looking back at the sea and looking at the Buddha statue, the Gwaneum Bodhisattva seems to be standing the Baekdudaegan(Mountain Range) and looking at the sea.
Follow the gaze and head to your next destination, Uisangdae and Hongyemun.
The Uisangdae and Hongyemun
The Uisangdae and Hongyemun area have been designated as Scenic spot No. 27.
Although the surrounding coast is unique and the scenery is beautiful, it is home to the legend of the great monk Ui-sang
Hongyemun is a name derived from a Buddhist monk Ui-snag who said that he saw a Buddhist saint in a red lotus flower.
The Buddhist hermitage is three square in front and three square in side and features different types of roof front and back.
When you sit in the temple, the sound of waves hitting the floor is heard through the body.
N/A (Open all year round)
[Naksansa Temple Stay]
* Experiential Program “Ask for directions on the street”
* Retreat Program “Follow your dreams”
* Experiential Program “Find the bluebird 2”
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06:00-20:30 (* Last admission 1 hour before closing)
Available (3,000 won)
Individuals – Adult 4,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
Groups – Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 1,000 won / Children 700 won