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Heritage Wawoojongsa Temple Yongin

WriterAdministratorDate03/27/2014

 Wawoojongsa Temple Yongin1
 Wawoojongsa Temple Yongin2
  • Location

    Yongin

  • Address

    43, Haegok-dong, Yongin 8

  • TEL

    +82-31-332-2472, +82-31-339-0101~3

  • Homepage

    http://www.wawoo-temple.org

The Wawoojongsa Temple, situated 48km south from Seoul (about 50 minutes drive) is not only easy to visit, but also boasts its beautiful surrounding landscape. The Mt. Yunwha in Yongin embracing the Temple is one of Korea’s major tourist sites where such attractions like the Everland Amusement Park, the Yongin Ski Resort, MBC Dramia and the Korean Folk Village are located in the vicinity. The Wawoojongsa Temple was established by Haegeun Kim, who was a refugee from North Korea, to pray for peaceful Unification of Korea; it is sort of a mecca of the Korean people’s spirit for patriotism. A lot of foreigners have visited the Temple, whom His Reverend Haeduk, the head monk of the Temple welcomes in person with warm affection. There are many treasures in the Temple: Lying Buddha which was carved from Chinese junipers brought in from India and is the world’s first wooden Buddha according to the Guiness Book of Records; Five Buddha Statues cast in brass; Reunification Bell which announced the opening of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Additionally, the Temple maintains numerous Buddhas from different countries including India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China and Thailand. Gilt-bronze image of Sakyamuni Buddha To celebrate the 80th accession to the throne of Monarch of Thailand, the Thai royal family had cast gilt bronze amounted to 10 ton into “Gilt-bronze image of Sakyamuni Buddha” and presented it to Wawoojeongsa for praying for world peace and reunification of South and North Koreas.     * Temple Stay Temple Stay is a program for tourists to experience the Buddhist temple culture. Staying a few days at the temple participants lead a daily life of monks or Buddhist disciplinants. There would be typical programs for meditation and dining, etc., through which they come to learn the Asian sentiments and spirit of Buddhism. Take a walk in a tranquil forest, have peace of mind restored in a natural getting away from the hectic city life, perform Yeondeung (Lotus Lantern offered to Buddha) or learn tea ceremony. Korean Temple Stay should offer a great opportunity for you to rediscover your true self. [Temple Food] With plain, unspiced Buddhist cuisine that does not use the Osinchae(five vegetables banned in temple; green onion, garlic, wild rocambole, wild leek and honggeo), Temple food offers a menu of fine Korean vegetables popular among vegetarians. You can learn the Buddhist doctrines which aim to attain peace of mind by abstaining from flesh and fish. [Tapdori] (Circling a pagoda)] Originally it was a Buddhist religious ceremony held on Buddha’s birthday, but now was developed into a folk event. Circling the pagoda whilst singing ritual song is not only a festival event, but a way of training our mind. [Making Yeondeung] You can try to make a Yeondeung, or paper lotus lantern, and make a wish by hanging it with a note your wish is written. [Meditation] Meditation is a spiritual program, through which participants can separate their mind from worldly desires and find their true self. Experience meditation in a calm Beopdang (sermon hall) or while walking among the forest at dawn. [Making Beads] Participants make the 108-beads. The number 108 stems from "108 torments of mankind." These 108-beads are used to count the number when they perform ‘Baekpalbae’ (108 bows which means ‘repenting 108 times’). [Tea Ceremony] Tea is one of the six offerings to Buddha (tea, incense, flower, lantern, fruit and rice). Tea is especially important in Buddhism because of the belief that ‘having tea is just like carrying out Buddhist practice.’ During staying in a temple, participants will experience a spiritual awakening by taking tea and conversing with monks.   *Temple Stay Temples in Gyeonggi-do
Temple Stay Temples in Gyeonggi-do
Name Tel Address URL
Baengnyeonsa 82-31-585-3855 San #30-3,Yeonha-ri, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong http://www/baekryunsa.org
Heungguksa 82-2-381-7970 #203, Jichuk-dong,Deokyang-gu, Goyang http://www.heungguksa.or.kr
Bonginsa 82-31-574-5585 #307, Songneung-ri, Jingeon-eup, Namyangju http://www.bonginsa.net
Myejeoksa 82-31-576-0784 #222, Wolmun-ri, Wbu-eup, Namyangu http://myejeoksa.or.kr
Yongmunsa 82-31-775-5797 #625, Sinjeom-ri,Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong http://www.yongmunsa.org
Silleuksa 82-31-885-2505 #282, Cheonsong-ri, Yeoju http://silleuksa.org
Bogwangsa 82-31-948-7700 #13, Yeongjang-ri, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju http://www.bogwangsa.co.kr
Sudosa 82-31-682-3169 San #119, Wonjeong-ri, Poseung-myeon, Pyeongtaek http://www.sudosa.co.kr
Yongjusa 82-31-234-0040 #188, Songsan-ri, Taean-eup, Hwaseong http://www.yongjusa.co.kr