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Heritage Beomnyunsa Temple in Munsasan Mountain, Yongin

WriterAdministratorDate09/29/2017

Beomnyunsa Temple in Munsasan Mountain, Yongin1
  • Location

    Yongin

  • Address

    126, Nongchon park-ro, Wonsam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si

  • TEL

    +82-31-332-5703

  • Homepage

    http://www.beomnyunsa.or.kr/

Beomnyunsa Temple in Munsusan Mountain in Yongin is a temple that preserves precious cultural heritage designated as Gyeonggi-do Cultural Heritage such as Wooden Seated Buddha, Ksitigarbha Pranidhana Sutra (Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), and Saddharmapundarika Sutra (The Lotus Sutra). After Buddhist monk Sangnyun had a dream wherein Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva said, “Practice asceticism here,” he built a temple on the current Beomnyunsa Temple site, which is being used as a place for nuns to practice asceticism. In addition, Beomnyunsa Temple was designated as Traditional Temple No. 108, and it is operating several programs such as temple stay and temple concert. The temple consists of Geungnakbojeon Hall, Gwaneumjeon Hall, Josajeon Hall, and Samseonggak Shrine as well as Daeungjeon Hall.

 

Daeungjeon Hall Daeungjeon Hall is built in 亞’ shape as if supported by the Left Dragon and Right Tiger statues. When we throw a stone into a quiet pond, ripples spread in layers. In the same token, this architecture attempts to deliver the message that Buddha’s teachings will spread limitlessly. The golden tower on the roof of Daeungjeon Hall expresses 6 lotus flower bulbs and 8 lotus leaves in layers to symbolize Six Paramitas and Noble Eightfold Path. The crystal bead containing the universe on the top of the tower signifies Buddha’s mercy. Inside Daeungjeon Hall is a gigantic stone Buddha statute. This statue is made of a 53-ton single Hwangdeung stone. It is known to be the world’s largest Buddha statue enshrined within the Hall. Due to its enormous size, the stone statue was enshrined first prior to the construction of the hall. There are a standing Dongjinboan Bodhisattva statue on the left side of Sakyamuni Buddha and 1,250 Buddhas on the right side at Cheonbujeon.

Left: the biggest stone Buddha statue in the world in Daeungjeon Hall, a main temple in Beomnyunsa Temple ./ Right: a front view of Daeungjeon Hall with the lotus leaves in layers - shaped roof.


Geungnakbojeon Hall
Geungnakbojeon Hall enshrines the Wooden Amitabha Buddha Triad. Amitabha is at the center, with Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva on the left and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva on the right.
 

Left: the Wooden Seated  Amitabha Buddha Triad in Geungnakbojeon Hall./ Right: a front view of Geungnakbojeon Hall.


Gwaneumjeon Hall
 In front of Gwaneumjeon Hall is the Three-story Stone Pagoda designated as Gyeonggi-do Cultural Heritage Material No. 145. The pagoda was moved from a house in Seoul, so the history and origin of the pagoda are not proven. Based on the overall sculpture techniques and style, it is presumed to have been made during the Goryeo period. Within Gwaneumjeon Hall, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is placed at the center, with the Avalokitesvara statue on the left and right sides. As the main statue at Gwaneumjeon Hall, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva has 7 faces and 24 arms. Through several objects in each hand, it is showing many ways of protecting all living creatures.

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is placed at the center, with the Avalokitesvara statue on the left and right sides in Gwaneumjeon Hall.

Josajeon Hall In building Josajeon Hall, some wooden materials were obtained with the help of Jinju Seong Clan, which was the birth family of monk Sangnyun of Beomnyunsa Temple. Josajeon Hall is enshrined with the portrait of a monk, who is believed to be Sangnyun.

Samseonggak Shrine Tejaprabha Buddha, which symbolizes the Big Dipper, is located at the center, with a mountain spirit statue on the left side and Pratyeka Buddha (solitary awakened one) on the right.

Beomjonggak (Bell Pavilion) Beomjonggak is also built in 亞’ shape like Daeungjeon Hall. It has a big bell at the center as well as a large Buddhist drum, a wooden fish, and a cloud gong.

Yongsugak Pavilion Yongsugak Pavilion at Beomnyunsa Temple has spring water that is known to have miraculous virtue since the olden times. In monk Sangnyun’s dream, a blue dragon spurted blue water from this spring, so Yongsugak is considered to have inspired the construction of Beomnyunsa Temple.