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Pohyonsa Temple, Hyangsan
(3.3/5 based on a few reviews on the web)
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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  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Other spelling of this plant: BOHYON Temple. Here is wrong, not even the flagship monk, who failed to convince in the dialog. Such a monastery has always also living areas, kitchen etc., all that is missing. Supposedly even 20 more monks there to live... but not to find were. Suddenly, supposedly in the rear Valley were still 100 more hermit, who don't want to be disturbed. -All questions about the relationship between Juche and Buddhism remained unanswered. Very strange (and experienced on any travel): The leadership did not a monk, but a State leader. Worth seeing are the buildings that were reportedly destroyed by U.S. bombs, but three were clearly original. Worth seeing also due exhibition of the first printed of books.
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