Pohyonsa Temple, Hyangsan

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#2 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. To visit Pohyonsa Temple on your trip to Hyangsan, use our Hyangsan road trip tool .
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  • Really nice; a stop at the temple you'll certainly proposal after visiting the Friendship Exhibition Hall; and the purpose of the visit, in my opinion, is to show that religion, though not encouraged by the regime is (more or less) makes a save. Beautiful temple and very beautiful garden; too bad that in this place of peace and with traces of history will spend much less time than it deserves and certainly less than will be devoted to Friendship Exhibition Hall
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  • It comes as a surprise that there are Buddhist temples and Buddhist monks in the DPRK. This is a charming and rather historic temple in the style of temples as seen in South Korea. There are copies of...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 保留完好的普賢寺,不敢相信是在北朝鮮。
  • 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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