Shinheungsa Temple

sokcho Shinheungsa Temple
Shinheungsa Temple
  • Shinheungsa Temple : 033-636-7044
    Anyangam Hermitage : 033-626-7276
    Naewonam Hermitage : 033-636-7754
    Gyejoam Hermitage : 033-636-7188
  • http://www.sinheungsa.kr

Shinheungsa Temple

Shinheungsa temple is the main temple of Oi-Seorak. It was established by the Buddhist priest Jajangyulsa in the 6th year of Queen Jindeok's reign in the Shilla period (652 AD) and was originally called Hyangseongsa Temple. The temple housed a 9-story Buddhist reliquary containing the enshrined bone of the Buddha. After that, it was named as Seonjeongsa Temple and flourished for 100 years, However, it was burned by fire in the 22nd year of King Injo's reign (1644) in the Joseon Dynasty. After the burn, many monks left the temple, but three priests called Woonseo, After the burn, many monks left the temple, but three priests called Woonseo, Yeonohk, and Hyewon deeply mourned the loss of the temple and discussed rebuilding it. One day, they had the same dream: a god said, “If you build a temple here, none of these three disasters will happen for thousands of years.” After the dream, they built the temple, which they named Shinheungsa Temple because it was built by a divine revelation

Anyangam Hermitage, Naewonam Hermitage and Gyejoam Hermitage

Anyangam Hermitage, Naewonam Hermitage and Gyejoam Hermitage

In the past, small temples or hermitages were often built near huge temples for spiritual exercises. since hermitages are better to meditate than big temples with lots of crowd. There are three hermitages near Shinheungsa Temple. Located on stone cave of Ulsanbawi Rock, Gyejoam Hermitage was built with Shinheungsa Temple. It is named as Gyejoam Hermitage because two priests called Wonhyo and Uisang meditated in the spot as soon as it was made. Naewonam Hermitage is a tranquil sanctuary that requires you to walk deep into the woods, following a path on the side of the hiking course marked by a small Buddha statue. Anyangam Hermitage, which is the closest hermitage from Shinheungsa Temple has very special feature. They have sign of “Buddhist Sanctuary” written in Hangul (Korean alphabet) rather than in Chinese characters. Every word by Buddha in front of the sanctuary is also written in Hangul, which is something you cannot see in other temples.

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