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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do - A Great Place to Visit on Buddha's Birthday

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do - A Great Place to Visit on Buddha's Birthday It’s May, Family Month, so there are a lot of family events to attend and a lot of family members to take care of. I have been so busy since the beginning of the month.

Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do - A Great Place to Visit on Buddha's Birthday

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do - A Great Place to Visit on Buddha's Birthday
It’s May, Family Month, so there are a lot of family events to attend and a lot of family members to take care of. I have been so busy since the beginning of the month.
Children's Day, Parent’s Day... And the day after tomorrow is Buddha's Birthday.
There are many temples to look around in the suburbs of Seoul. Today, I’ll introduce Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, which is situated at the riverside.
It is a good temple to visit with you parents or children. If you couldn't go anywhere over the Children’s Day holiday, try taking a light trip to the suburbs of Seoul.

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The Yeoju Ceramic Festival is in full swing. If you visit Yeoju now, you can enjoy both the Ceramic Festival and Silleuksa Temple after parking your car in one place.
Park at the entrance to the Silleuksa Temple Tourist Area and look around the Ceramic Festival. You will then end up walking over to the Yeoju Silleuksa Temple.
Adult visitors pay KRW 2,200 for entry. Entry is free for people of age 65 and over. That must be why a ticket office employee was watching visitors carefully.

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A yellow hemp sailboat was bobbing up and down with the flowing water. I think I'll take the sailboat on my next visit.
Many people were enjoying weekend camping in the Geumeunmorae Riverside Recreation Area Campground across the river.
Bike paths stretched along the river in the Geumeunmorae Riverside Recreation Area. It is a great place for bike riding, and kids can run and play on the huge playground. You can also take a yellow hemp sailboat, motor boat, or pedal boat in the river. You will not get bored if you go camping at the Geumeunmorae Riverside Recreation Area.
Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do is one of the few temples located at a riverside.

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Silleuksa Temple, located at the southern foot of the low Bongmisan Mountain, is surrounded by the Yeogang River, which is at the upper end of the Namhangang River. Silleuksa Temple faces the river, a wide sandy field, and a huge grass field. In the Goryeo dynasty, Silleuksa Temple was called Byeokjeol Temple because of the brick pagoda standing at the rock base. High Buddhist priests including Hyegeun (Naong) stayed in this temple, well known for its great view. According to records, the temple was built by the Buddhist Monk Won Hyo during the reign of King Jinpyeong of Silla.
The old ginkgo tree standing at the entrance of the temple is most beautiful when its leaves are all green in spring and when they turn red in fall. Silleuksa Temple in Gyeonggi-do is a great place to visit on Buddha’s Birthday.

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do is well known for its treasures. The pagoda standing at the riverside is the Multi-story Brick Pagoda of Silleuksa Temple. It is the only remaining brick pagoda of the Goryeo Dynasty. A brick pagoda refers to a pagoda made of baked bricks. Silleuksa Temple used to be called Byeokjeol Temple because of this brick pagoda, which is now National Treasure of the Republic of Korea No. 226. You could go up to the riverside in the past, but the path to the riverside is now blocked, possibly for safety reasons.

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju img

The view of the Namhangang River from Gangwolheon Pavilion is amazing, which is one of the reasons that I visit Silleuksa Temple. You can take a peaceful rest while enjoying the view of the river. Maybe I should say I visit Gangwolheon Pavilion instead of Silleuksa Temple.
Just look at the river without thinking anything. Then you might see a yellow hemp sailboat pass in front of you or a pedal boat floating quietly on the water in the distance. Sometimes a motor boat may pass, breaking the silence. Everything is well harmonized with the river as one.
Forget your worries and refresh yourself while looking at the peaceful river.

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju img

The three-story Pagoda of Silleuksa Temple, designated as Gyeonggi-do Cultural Material No. 133, is a stone pagoda of the Goryeo Dynasty. The stone pagoda stands on a rock at the riverside, facing the river. I’m sure all of the visitors to Gangwolheon Pavilion have seen the stone pagoda. According to records, Hyegeun, a high Buddhist priest of the late Goryeo Dynasty, was cremated in the current of the pagoda. After that, the Three-story Pagoda of Silleuksa Temple was built to commemorate the virtue of Hyegeun.

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Make a Wish on the Ginkgo Tree!
I visited Silleuksa Temple around Buddha's Birthday. Visitors could write their wishes and hang the papers around the ginkgo tree. I thought I was lucky to see the yellow fall foliage on my visit last autumn. Now green shoots had come from the branches and the trees were already all green.

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National Treasure of the Republic of Korea No. 225, the Multi-story Stone Pagoda was standing in front of the Geungnakbojeon Hall of Silleuksa Temple, and lotus lanterns were hanging in rows for Buddha's Birthday.
Someone bought a lotus lantern and hung it using a ladder. Even though I don’t have a religion, I naturally put my hands together and wish for peace in my family whenever I visit this temple.

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju img

You should talk quietly in a temple, and behave prudently without making noises.
You should not run or drag your feet. When you enter a Buddhist sanctuary, use the side door instead of the center gate, and place your shoes neatly after taking them off. Close the door carefully without making any noise. Seats directly in front of the Buddha statue are for Buddhist monks. You should avoid the center seats, and sit on a side seat.
As my children grow up, they often visit a Buddhist temple and make a wish while putting their hands together in the Buddhist sanctuary.
My kids hang out a lot with their aunt, who is a Buddhist, so they naturally go into the Buddhist sanctuary and bow to a Buddha statue whenever they visit a temple.

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Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju img

Josadang Shrine, situated inside the temple, is National Treasure of the Republic of Korea No. 180. Josadang Shrine is the oldest building remaining in Silleuksa Temple. It enshrines the portraits of the three Buddhist monks (Jigong, Naong, and Muhak) to commemorate their virtue and faith. Jigong’s portrait is located at the center, and Muhak and Naong’s portraits are on the left and right sides of Jigong. Naong’s wooden statue is enshrined in front of the portrait of Jigong at the center.
If you go up the stairs to the rear of Josadang Shrine, you can see National Treasure of the Republic of Korea No. 228, Hyegeun’s Bell-shaped Stupa of Silleuksa Temple; Treasure No. 229, Hyegeun’s Bell-shaped Stupa Monument; and Treasure No. 231, the Stone Lantern in front of Hyegeun’s Bell-shaped Stupa of Silleuksa Temple.

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The stairs to Hyegeun’s Bell-shaped Stupa of Silleuksa Temple were densely lined with dandelion and corydalis. I was happy to find a colony of corydalis. I then raised my head and found that the area was full of corydalis.

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I wished for peace in my family and work while I was looking around Hyegeun’s Bell-shaped Stupa of Silleuksa Temple and its Stone Lantern. If I don't look around this area when I visit Silleuksa Temple, I don't feel right, so whenever I visit I come up to this area, look down at Silleuksa Temple, and take a rest sitting on the stairs.

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Many visitors to the Yeoju Ceramic Festival also look around at Silleuksa Temple after enjoying the festival.
People were making a wish and walking around the pagoda in front of Geungnakbojeon Hall.

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An old building named Guryongru Pavilion stands in front of Geungnakbojeon Hall. You can take a rest here after taking off your shoes.
The view of the Namhangang River and yellow hemp sailboat between the columns was like a picture in a frame.
Yeoju Silleuksa Temple has a temple stay program. If you're wondering about the peaceful morning of the temple at the riverside, join the program.
2019 Spring Travel Week is from April 27 to May 12. Enjoy a special trip on a regular day.
This week is the spring break for my children.
You can find a variety of events for the 2019 Spring Travel Week here and there, so be sure to visit one if you have time.
The Yeoju Ceramic Festival also continues until this week. Enjoy the Ceramic Festival and look around Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju.


Yeoju Silleuksa Temple
♣ Address: 73, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
☎ Contact: +82-31-885-2505
♣ Entry: Adults KRW 2,200, Middle/high school students KRW 1,700, Children KRW 1,000
- Free entry: Yeoju citizens (resident registration card required), Buddhists with a certificate of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, children under 7 years of age, seniors 65 years and over (senior citizen card required)
♣ Parking: Silleuksa Temple Parking Lot
♣ Nearby tourist destinations: Yellow hemp sailboat, Yeoju Mobile Museum THE PHONE