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A Picnic in Sanasa Temple and Sanasa Valley, Yangpyeong

WriterAdministratorDate12/10/2019

I visited Yangpyeong Sanasa Temple when the weather started getting hot. I went to Sanasa Valley on my way to the temple and took a rest while soaking my feet in the water.

A Picnic in Sanasa Temple and Sanasa Valley, Yangpyeong

I visited Yangpyeong Sanasa Temple when the weather started getting hot.
I went to Sanasa Valley on my way to the temple and took a rest while soaking my feet in the water.
I think the valley must be popular with those who want to visit a valley in Gyeonggi-do during the summer holiday season.
I heard that many people visit the valley to enjoy summer because of its clear water, shade, and constant flow of water.

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Sanasa Valley is situated at the southwestern foot of Yongmunsan Mountain, and is known to be wide and have an ample flow of clear water.
Above all, the path is laid out nicely up to the entrance. You can park in the local parking lot and find the valley easily.
You will see Sanasa Temple while walking to the valley. The valley is also connected to the temple, so you can sit in the shade anywhere to cool down.
I looked around Sanasa Temple first, then went and soaked my feet in the water of the valley.

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It was hard to walk around because of the unexpected heat wave.
I was grateful that I could drive to the temple parking lot because it was a weekday.
In the temple, people were busy preparing for Buddha's Birthday, setting up tents and chairs.
When I saw them working busily, I decided to go up to the valley first.
Sanasa Valley, located at the southwestern part of Yongmunsan Mountain, was very wide and had clear water.
The sound of the water flowing was refreshing. It might have rained right before I visited.
The amount of water flowing might be even greater when it rains in the summer.

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The name of Yongmunsan Mountain means the mountain of dragons coming and going or the mountain where dragons stay. Its original name was Mijisan Mountain.
Miji, the old form of miri, is the word for dragons in the dialect of Gyeongsang-do and Jeju. The word is also related to dragons since it sounds similar to mireu, which is the old word for dragons in Korean.
Thus, Mijisan Mountain and Yongmunsan Mountain can be deemed to have the same meaning.
It is said that King Taejo Yi Seong-gye named it Yongmunsan Mountain dragons with wings were said to have come and gone.
Anyway, the mountain is certainly related to dragons. This place is the starting point of Hiking Route 4, which takes around 8 hours from here to the top of the mountain and back.

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Yangpyeong Sanasa Temple is situated at the foot of Baekunbong Peak, the main peak of Yongmunsan Mountain.
It is said that Preceptor Yeoeom, who advised King Taejo of the Goryeo dynasty on affairs of state, built the temple with his student Yungcheon in 932.
According to records, they are said to have built the Vairocana Buddha and the Five-story Stone Pagoda at the time of foundation.
Although the temple was extended to 140 rooms, it was destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion in 1592.
The temple was burnt by fire due to combat between the army of justice and the royal forces. The temple was restored with the construction of the Buddhist sanctuary and Josajeon Hall, but it was destroyed again by fire during the Korean War.
The current Daejeokgwangjeon Hall and Mitajeon Hall were rebuilt in 1993.
It is amazing that the temple still remains after undergoing such a painful history.

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The Yangpyeong Yongcheon-ri Three-story Stone Pagoda is a typical stone pagoda of the Goryeo dynasty. Since its foundation stone is different from the other parts of the pagoda, its original is said to be unknown.
The stylobate consists of 4 stones. The top part of the stylobate and each side of the cores of the pagoda body have edge pillars.
The pagoda cores and roofs are made of different stones. In particular, it is unique in that the core of the 1st level is higher compared to the 2nd and 3rd.

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Sanasa Temple has a Memorial Stone for National Preceptor Wonjeung and Monk Stupa of National Preceptor Wonjeung, containing the sariras of Bou.
The Memorial Stone for National Preceptor Wonjeung is inscribed with a statement about the deeds of National Preceptor and Monk Wonjeung (Taego Bou) of the late Goryeo dynasty.
The memorial stone body was inserted onto the granite foundation stone. The memorial stone is supported by long, rectangular columns. The flat roof stone with a round bottom is placed on the top to protect the memorial stone.

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When I visited, the peonies and royal azaleas were in full bloom. The red color of the royal azalea stood out since it was the season when the trees became greener.
The peaceful sound of wind chimes ringing in the wind made me realize again that I was in a quiet temple.
The temple, which had become smaller as it underwent the wars over the years, created a peaceful atmosphere.
Daejeokgwangjeon Hall and the foot of Yongmunsan Mountain behind it seemed to embrace the temple cozily.

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When I entered the temple, I could see the cool water of the stream through the window. I couldn't just pass it by, so I went down to the stream.
I didn't have to search for a good spot. All of the places where I could hear the sound of water flowing were nice.
The water was so clear, with a color that was just refreshing.
I thought that the stream might have dried up due to the heat wave, but there was plenty of water flowing. I think the water is always plentiful in Yangpyeong Sanasa Valley.

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I went further down and followed the stream.
The shade was enough to stay out of the sunlight, and the water was shallow.
I hesitated for a moment wondering whether to soak my feet in the water or not while sitting on a rock.

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The stream was shaded, so it was hard to take photos, but it was a perfect place to take a rest.
I think many people would spread a mat in the shade and cool off from the heat during the summer holiday season.
It was too cool to go into the water just yet, so we could enjoy the entire stream by ourselves.
Some people at the restaurant downstream were singing a song while soaking their feet in the water just like in the summer holiday season.

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I couldn't just leave at that point. I just took off my socks and put my feet into the water even though I didn't have a towel with me.
Oh boy... The water was freezing. If the water temperature is like this, it must stay cold even in the middle of summer.
There are a lot of popular streams in Gyeonggi-do. Of course all of the streams in the mountains are nice. In particular, Yangpyeong Sanasa Valley is wide and has many places to spread a mat, so it seems to be a safe place to enjoy.
Safety always comes first. I didn't go to the upper area, so I don't know how it is there, but the water of the stream that I visited was shallow and seemed to be safe enough for children.

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I already knew that the stream was nice, but I was wondering where to park. I found the Yongcheon Village Sanasa Public Parking Lot further downstream.
The parking lot was fairly spacious. You can park here and take your time walking to the stream.
Yongcheon-ri, situated below Yongmunsan Mountain, is said to have been named after Yongmunsan Mountain and Sacheon.
The top of Yongmunsan Mountain is connected to Baekunbong Peak, Hamwangbong Peak, Janggunbong Peak, and Gaseopbong Peak. You can see the Hamwangseong Fortress Site and Sanasa Temple here.

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This is the public parking lot. There was a big empty lot, so at first I wondered what it was for.
The parking lot is very spacious. I think it is one of the reasons that so many people visit Yangpyeong Sanasa Valley in the summer.
This spacious parking lot may not be enough during the summer holiday season. If you are looking for a nice stream in Gyeonggi-do to enjoy the summer, visit here.
The access road is not very wide, so Visit Sanasa Valley and Sanasa Temple with an open mind when you have enough time.
It's getting hotter and hotter every day, so I feel like I should find some nice streams and water parks for trips :)


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