Jeolla-do Area

Songgwangsa Temple: Buddhist monk Temple

It is a 'Buddhist monk temple' with a Buddhist monk, the alter ego of Buddha, among 'The three treasure temples' representing Korean Buddhism, so it might be a consideration to protect the treasure from bad weather.
Songgwangsa Temple, Buddhist monk Temple
Songgwangsa Temple,Buddhist monk Temple

Songgwangsa Temple qualifies as a seungbo temple, which refers to the disciples and practicioners of Buddhism at the temple. 

Buddhist monk Temple: Songgwangsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple
Songgwangsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple, one of the nation’s three largest temples, features more than 50 houses shrines encircling each other around Daewoongjeon Hall. 

The structure is clearly different from other temples that are placed along the main axis from the beginning of the main entrance to the temple, so it is connected each other with the eaves of the palace to see the inside of the temple without being caught in the rain, so this is the structure for those who stay in the temple. 

It is a ‘Buddhist monk temple’ with a Buddhist monk, the alter ego of Buddha, among ‘The three treasure temples’ representing Korean Buddhism, so it might be a consideration to protect the treasure from bad weather. 

Buddhist monk temple
Buddhist monk temple

※Three Treasure Temples of Korea(Sambo Temple)
: Sambo means three treasures that are prized in Buddhism. 
It refers to a Buddha, the law of Buddha and a Buddhist monk.

Bulbo(Buddha) refers to a sakyamuni who teaches and guides mankind. 

Beopbo(The law of Buddha) is a teaching method that describes the truth that Buddha has realized for himself for the sake of the mankind.

Seung-bo(Buddhist monk) is a group of disciples who learn and carry out Buddha’s teaching methods, or “friends” who go together in the path of truth for mankind.

These three are the most fundamental objects of Buddhism. 

In Korea, Tongdosa Temple, Haeinsa Temple, and Songgwangsa Temple belong to Sambo Temple, and these three temples are referred to as “three temples.”

Treasure storage

Songgwangsa Temple’s Danchung

On the north side of Jogye Mountain, the temple of energy is beautiful, and it has three national treasures, 13 treasures, and eight cultural properties, and its preciousness is truly remarkable. 

Since Jinul, the national monk that founded the Jogye Order, has produced the national history of becoming the center of the nation, leaving Buddhism as the center of the nation, the high status of its authority is second only to the royal family of a country.

Three hidden treasures that surprise people’s eyes. 

Enterence bridge
Enterence bridge

The name Songgwang also means “eighteen nations monk expand the world,” so it is still a future land waiting for two wise men to benefit the world. 

Budo, which serves 16 national monks, is located in 16 locations in the surrounding the temple and protects the temple by capturing the mountain’s ground. 

  Songgwangsa Temple lantern festival
Songgwangsa Temple lantern festival

In addition to the Seongbo Museum, which houses the portrait of 16 national monks, the Songgwangsa Temple site, which opens after passing through the main gate, has three hidden treasures that surprise people’s eyes. 

Bisari Gushi, a kind of rice-making apparatus, was made by bringing a sarira tree from Namwon during the mid-Joseon Dynasty. Seven kilns in all, 4,000 people can hold rice, so we can guess the size of the temple. 

As if two cedar trees are twisted together, the Ssanghyangsu tree is 800 years old, which is headed for the ground. 

The neung-gyeonnansa(a dish used to hold food), which was enshrined in the Sungbo Museum, has a consistent shaped and King Sukjong envied its preciousness as an object of mystery. It’s passed down.

The enterence of temple, Daewoongjeon
The enterence of temple, Daewoongjeon

N/A (Open all year round)

Hiking Course 
Songgwangsa (송광사) – Cheonjaam (천자암) – Gulmokjae (굴목재) – Jogyesan (조계산) – Seonamsa (선암사) (20 km)

Activity Information 
[Temple Stay] 
“No Possessions” Walk
A Day with a Monk (Consultation Temple Stay)
Be Silent and Listen to Your Mind (Self Meditation Temple Stay)

Operating Hours 
Summer season 06:00-19:00
Winter season 07:00-18:00

Parking Facilities 

Admission Fees 
Individual: Adults 3,000 won / Students 2,000 won
Group (30 or more people): Adults 2,500 won / Students 1,500 won
* Free (ID required): Seniors (age 65 or older), People with disabilities, Children (age under 7) 
* Students (ID required): Elementary, Middle, High school students

Available Facilities 

[Seongbo Museum]
Operating hours: 09:00-11:00 / 12:00-18:00 (winter 17:00)
* Last admission is 20 minutes before closing.
* Regular closed time: Every Monday, snowy/rainy days, Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) Holidays


Baby Stroller Rentals 
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