Pohyonsa Temple, Hyangsan

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#6 of 7 in Historic Sites in North Korea
Tucked away in a mountain sacred for the Koreans, Pohyonsa Temple boasts a significant history. Once a great center of Buddhism, the temple dates back to 1024 and the Koryo dynasty. In the 16th century, it served as a stronghold for warrior monks defending the country from Japanese invasions--look for the shrine that still honors them. Shrapnel scars on the stele stand as a memento of U.S. bombs, which in 1951 destroyed most of the complex. Today, enjoy the peaceful, well-maintained area, featuring various halls and shrines around a central lawn. The original buildings among them, including the pagodas from the 11th and 14th centuries, are designated national treasures. Work out when and for how long to visit Pohyonsa Temple and other Hyangsan attractions using our handy Hyangsan holiday planner.
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  • April 21, 2017
    Most tour groups stop here after visiting the International Friendship Exhibit, and it's a pleasant surprise. The temples are beautiful, the scenery is great, and it's interesting to learn that there ...  more »
  • September 2, 2016
    This temple was the second place visit after the visit of the Mount Myohyang visit. this place s one of the most beautiful places to see on my north Korean trip.  more »
  • August 30, 2016
    Good to visit somewhere in the DPRK which isn't all about the great leaders. The Temple is in beautiful scenery and is a bit of peace in a hectic tour.  more »
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  • September 16, 2016
    保留完好的普賢寺,不敢相信是在北朝鮮。
  • January 11, 2017
    the magnificent monastery
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Hyangsan offers only two hotels. The larger and most popular of the two dates from 1986 and was renovated in 2010. Featuring a monumental pyramid design, the establishment includes 228 rooms and a revolving restaurant at the top. Stays in either hotel form part of wider official tours, with trips to local sites of interest, including the mountain and its temples.
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