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Donghaksa Temple

  • Address462, Donghaksa 1-ro, Banpo-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
  • Opne hoursOpen year-round

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Donghaksa Temple, founded during the reign of King Seongdeok of Silla, is famous as the origin of the Bhikkhuni order of Buddhism in Korea. Spiritual Patriarch Sangwon built a hermitage on this site in the Silla Period, and engaged in spiritual cultivation before entering Nirvana. The Brother-Sister Pagodas (Treasure No. 1284 and 1285) were erected thereafter. At the time, the temple was called Cheongnyangsa because it was considered a site of the descent of Manjusri Bodhisattva, or the Bodhisattva of Great Wisdom. However, only the temple site remains today, with the Sangwon Hermitage. Donggyesa Temple was built to perform memorial services for the progenitor of Silla and Park Je-sang, a loyal subject of Silla. The temple was extended afterwards, and its name was changed to Donghaksa.
Donghaksa Temple contains Sameungak Hall, dedicated to the loyal subjects of Goryeo, and Sungmojeon Hall, enshrining the memorial tablets of King Danjong and the loyal subjects. There are hiking trails that lead to Donghaksa from the three temples on Gyeryongsan Mountain, and there are ways to climb the mountain ridge from Geumsubong Peak of Gyeryongsan and the peak of Bingyesan to get here.
※ Tip: In April, a season of cherry blossoms, Donghaksa Temple attracts visitors from around the country and becomes packed all day long. It is difficult to accurately predict the blossoming period for the cherry trees due to the weather variations, but once blossomed, the old cherry trees provide a breathtaking sight.