Gangwon-do Area

Naksansa Temple: Green Temple of East Sea

Naksan Temple, which was reborn as a Buddhist temple, still has its appearance as a sacred place for the Haesu Gwaneum Statue.

Naksansa Temple
Naksansa Temple 

Naksansa temple has been one of the most holy and attractive places, not for Buddhists, but also for other ordinary people including foreigners in Korea.

Sacred place of the Haesu Gwaneum Statue that overcame the flames.


Sacred place of the Haesu Gwaneum Statue that overcame the flames.
Sacred place 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
Naksan Temple

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


Wontongbojeon
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


harmony between Naksan Temple and Nature
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 seaward standing Gwaneum statue
The seaward standing Gwaneum 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


Uisangdae
Uisangdae

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. 

 Hongyemun
Hongyemun

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.

naksansa temple, Hongyemun
naksansa temple, Hongyemun

Closed 
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Activity Information 
[Naksansa Temple Stay]
* Experiential Program “Ask for directions on the street” 
* Retreat Program “Follow your dreams” 
* Experiential Program “Find the bluebird 2” 

※ Please refer to home page for more details. 
naksansa.templestay.com)

Operating Hours 
06:00-20:30 (* Last admission 1 hour before closing)

Parking Facilities 
Available (3,000 won)

Admission Fees 
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

Restrooms 
Available


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