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Heritage Anyangsa Temple

WriterAdministratorDate11/05/2014

Anyangsa Temple1
  • Location

    Anyang

  • Address

    San 41, Seoksu-dong, Manan-gu, Anyang

  • TEL

    82-31-471-4848

  • Homepage

Located in Seoksu 1-dong (Manan-gu, Anyang), this is a traditional temple. Legend has it that Wanggeon (later to become King Taejo of the Goryeo Period) was passing Samseongsan Mountain on his way to conquer Geumju (former name of Siheung) and Gwaju (former name of Gwacheon) oneday in 900 A.D. (4th year of King Hyogong’s reign of the Silla Period) and saw a rainbow-colored cloud hovering over the mountain. Wanggeon order his man to see what was up, and the latter found that there was an old monk named Neungjeong under the cloud. Wanggeon conversed with the monk and realized they shared the same philosophies. Wanggeon decided to build a temple here, which became Anyangsa Temple. The name of the city, Anyang, also originates from the temple. The current temple was built on its initial temple site and boasts Daeungjeon Hall, Myeongbujeon Hall, State of Maitreya, Samseonggak Pavilion, and Simgeomdang House. Daeungjeon Hall, in particular, is known for splendid painting work; covered by a gambrel roof, it consists of three rooms in the front and two rooms on the side. In front of Daeungjeon Hall is a monument with a turtle-shaped base (Gyeonggi-do Tangible Cultural Property No.93).