Yangyang Naksansa 낙산사

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This ancient temple was built in the 11th year of King Munmu’s reign of Silla (671) by the Buddhist monk Uisang. Naksansa Temple is one of the foremost sights of Yangyang, and one of the most historic sites in the region. Along with Ganghwa’s Bomunsa Temple and Namhae’s Boriam Hermitage, it is said to be one of the three centers of the cult of Avalokitesvara in Korea. Its handsome view overlooking the East Sea has earned it a spot in the Eight Sights of Gwandong (eight famous sights in Yeongdong region of Gangwon-do), documented throughout the ages in many classic literature and poetry. Today’s Naksansa Temple is a product of many restorations and expansions, and has many examples of cultural heritage within its walls.

There is a 16 meter-tall statue of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva to Uisangdae, a pavilion built to overlook the sunrise over the East Sea on a coastal cliff, Hongnyeonam Hermitage, built over the crashing waves, Seven-story Stone Pagoda of Naksansa Temple, Yangyang (Treasure No. 499), a Joseon-era pagoda with Goryeo-era style, and Stupa, Stele, and Reliquaries of Naksansa Temple, Yangyang (Treasure No. 1723), including a number of sarira. A mountain fire in 2005 resulted in the loss of 20 buildings, including the building that housed its bronze bell (formerly Treasure No. 479 of Korea). The temple also operates templestay programs available through its website.

The pavilion, which is seated in a straight line through the Four Thousand Kings Gate, leading to Binilu, Eunghyanggak, a seven-story stone pagoda, and Tongnongbojeon Hall, is a typical temple arrangement style. The atmosphere of Tongnongbojeon Hall, which houses the seven-story stone pagoda and the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, is excellent. After coming out of Tongnongbojeon Hall and entering Naksansa Temple’s path to the Seawagwan Sound Image symbolized by Avalokiteshvara, it is called “the path where dreams come true.”

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