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Magoksa Temple

  • Address966, Magoksa-ro, Sagok-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do (567 Unam-ri)
  • Opne hoursOpen year-round

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Taehwasan Mountain situated in Unam-ri, Sagok-myeon was given its name because of its massive size and beautiful landscape. It contains Magoksa Temple, the Main Temple of the 6th District of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Magoksa is a temple founded by Precepts Master Jajang of Silla during the reign of King Mu of Baekje (840 AD). As a thousand-year-old temple, it contains numerous treasures, and the faded dancheong (traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden buildings) on Daegwangbojeon Hall gives a rustic appearance. Next to Daewangbojeon and Daeungbojeon halls, there is Baekbeomdang Shrine where independence activist Baekbeom Kim Gu stayed, and one can take a leisurely walk along the Baekbeommyeongsang-gil (lit. the trail of meditation of Baekbeom), while enjoying the pleasant scent of pine.
※ Tip: Baekbeommyeongsang-gil consists of three hiking courses along the paths where Baekbeom Kim Gu walked and contemplated on the ways to save the nation, while spending his post-retirement days and practicing an ascetic life at Magoksa Temple (Baengnyeonam Hermitage).