Sunday, September 9, 2012

Yongjusa temple

The Yongjusa temple is one of the cultural heritage sites in Hwasong province. Its about an hours drive from Suwon station. The surrounding is very serene and gives a sense of peace. The temple complex is not huge, approximately 5 acres in size. I did not observe of any active worship except for two pagoda type structures where there is idols of Gautama Buddha all around. There is perfect silence and excellent place to meditate. The history of the temple is adapted from the Korea tourism website.

The temple was built by King Jeongjo to protect Hyeollyungwon (현륭원), the tomb of his father, Crown Prince Sado. This site was originally the location of Garyangsa Temple, which was constructed in AD854, the 16th year of King Munseong of the Silla Dynasty. The temple was very famous as it was surrounded by beautiful mountains and crystal clear waters. However, the temple was destroyed by fire during the Byungjahoran (the second Manchu invasion of Korea). During the Joseon Dynasty, King Jeongjo moved the tomb of his father, Crown Prince Sado (or posthumously designated King Jangjo), to this spot, and built Yongjusa Temple here to pray for the repose of his father’s soul.[Source from Korea Tourism website]

I have also heard Yongjusa offer a few day monk stay type of facility. Interested participants can spend few days akin to the lives of a monk and understand the Buddhism as part of the experience.

For more information read : Yongjusa temple

  • Ease of transportation: 3/5
  • Value for money: 3/5
  • Recommended group size: 4 or more

Some pictures below.

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