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Heritage Heungwangsa Temple in Yeoju


Heungwangsa Temple in Yeoju1
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    345-4, Dangjeon-ro, Bungnae-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do

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This is a branch temple of Yongjusa Temple which is the 2nd District Main Temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. According to the folklore handed down in the area, it was founded by Monk Sodal in the early Goryeo period (918-1392). According to another story, it was founded by Monk Hyegeun (1351-1374) and was called Sangwangsa until 1893 (30th year of King Gojong’s reign).

Left: a Buddhist Bell in the Heungwangsa Temple./ Right: a front view of  Heungwangsa Temple surrounded by forest.

In 1905, the temple was wholly refitted by Monk Donmuk. The Buddha Hall was refitted by Monk Seongmuk in 1922, with Seoraeam Hermitage refitted by Monk Yunik in 1932. Monks’ quarters in the east and the west were built in 1933 and 1938, respectively. At present, the temple is composed of Geungnakjeon Hall, Chilseonggak Shrine, Seoraeam Hermitage, and two monks’ quarters. The temple keeps many Buddhist paintings including Hanging Scroll behind the Amitabha Buddha, three of which were made in 1892. The others came to be placed at the temple in 1905 when the temple was refitted by Monk Donmuk.