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Heritage Seoknamsa Temple (Anseong)

WriterAdministratorDate09/29/2017

Seoknamsa Temple (Anseong)1
  • Location

    Anseong

  • Address

    3-120, Sangchonsaemal-gil, Geumgwang-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

  • TEL

    031-676-1444

Seongnamsa is a branch temple of Yonjusa, which is the main temple of the 2nd diocese of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. In 680 (20th year of the reign of King Munmu), Buddhist Monk Damhwa or Seokseon is said to have founded the temple. In 876 (18th year of the reign of King Munseong), Buddhist Monk Yeomgeo repaired the temple; during the Goryeo period, State Preceptor Hyegeo, who was King Gwangjong’s royal monk, rebuilt the temple, where several hundreds of monks stayed. 

Left: a front view of the way to Daewungjeon Hall  of Seoknamsa Temple  from the bottom of the stairs./ Right: a seated stone Buddha statue in the wall of roof tile.  

 

Seoknamsa Temple is a branch temple of Yonjusa, which is the main temple of the 2nd diocese of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. In 680 (20th year of the reign of King Munmu), Buddhist Monk Damhwa or Seokseon is said to have founded the temple. In 876 (18th year of the reign of King Munseong), Buddhist Monk Yeomgeo repaired the temple; during the Goryeo period, State Preceptor Hyegeo, who was King Gwangjong’s royal monk, rebuilt the temple, where several hundreds of monks stayed.
 

 

During the merging and abolishment of temples across the nation as part of the policy of promoting Confucianism and oppressing Buddhism during the early Joseon period, Seongnamsa was a famous temple nationwide, having been selected as a blessed temple that represented Anseong-gun. The monks of the temple were exempted from compulsory labor upon King Sejo’s handwritten order, The temple was completely burned down during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, but monk Haewon of Seogwangsa Temple rebuilt the temple during King Hyejong’s reign (1649∼1659) and expanded the power of the temple; it was rebuilt again in 1732 (8th year of the reign of King Yeongjo).

 

In terms of cultural heritage, there are Daewungjeon Hall of Seoknamsa Temple (Gyeonggi Tangible Cultural Heritage No. 108), Yeongsanjeon Hall of Seoknamsa Temple (Treasure No. 823), and Rock-carved Standing Buddha of Seoknamsa Temple (Gyeonggi Tangible Cultural Heritage No. 109).