Tourist Attractions per Theme

Heritage Silleuksa Temple

WriterAdministratorDate11/10/2014

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  • Location

    Yeoju

  • Address

    73, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si

  • TEL

    +82-31-885-2505

The temple represents the best of what Yeoju can offer. Behind the temple are the lush trees of Bongmisan Mountain; in front of it is the Namhangang River (also called Yeogang River). Stiff cliffs flank the temple as well. The gorgeous landscape has led many writers to visit the site, leaving famed poems behind. Mokeun (pen name) Yi Saek, a major scholar of Goryeo, as well as the famed poet Kim Sat-gat of Joseon, visited the temple, describing the beauty of the landscape in their poems. The landscape is not the only factor that popularized the temple. The temple became circulated among the public when Monk Naong, the teacher of Monk Muhak, entered Nirvana in the temple. The temple began to decline during the Joseon Dynasty when the regime suppressed Buddhism, but the temple restored its prosperity when Yeongneung, the tomb of King Sejong the Great, was relocated here. The narration of the temple would not be complete without Yeongneung. During the Joseon Dynasty, the temple was assigned to take care of the tomb. Although King Sejong the Great was the fourth king of Joseon centered on Confucianism, he relied on Buddhism for his inner peace. The royal family, understanding King Sejong's affection for Buddhism, designated the temple to manage his tomb and bestowed the name Boeunsa Temple to the Silleuksa Temple. Surrounded by an outstanding landscape with rich historical heritage, the temple houses seven national treasures.