Haeinsa, Hapcheon-Gun

See ancient scriptures carved on wooden printing blocks at Haeinsa, a Korean Buddhism shrine that's also listed as a World Heritage Site. The temple's large depository of woodblocks has survived fires and wars and remains an important part of the country's cultural and religious heritage. The temple also offers accommodations, and an opportunity to see the daily life there. Put Haeinsa into our Hapcheon-Gun route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Beautiful and large temple, particularly to see. The temple is well maintained. In the vicinity you can also make beautiful hikes. Because the bus previously went, we decided around the temple to get a quick lunch. The offer was less, it is mainly stalls with street food.
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  • Arrival is on a narrow road in the villages and mountains, it seems that time has stopped them. In the garage, there's a perfect tea to relax. Top Temple which housed wooden boards engraved in letters and sermons, pretty steep staircase leading on several levels, and on the upper level, feels like touching the sky tree boards are stored in closed structures with openings through which they can see only those frames. On display in a glass coffin, placed a Board like this. More than 80 thousand such boards, it's something that doesn't get caught or understood, even after the visit. Just amazing.
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  • The place is in the national park and is part of Unesco world heritage. It is well preserved and maintained. The place stores an important part of Korean history - wooden printing tablets.  more »
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  • I stayed here as part of a group staying overnight as a "Temple Stay" The temple is ancient and the location is beautiful as is the temple and the gardens. Temple stay rules are fairly strict. No smoking, no alcohol and the sexes are segregated at night (even married couples). Food is basic and vegetarian. You eat what the monks eat but you can bring in your own snacks. Beware that there are no food outlets nearby. Lights out at 9 pm and you sleep on thin mattresses on the floor. The temple houses a unique copy of the "Tripitaka", a Buddhist text, carved on to wooden plates which were used to print the text on paper.. These are not accessible to the public but may be glimpsed through the ventilation slats of the ancient building which houses them. You can opt out of some activities but it is worth getting up at 3 am to watch the beating of the massive temple drum and take part in the chanting and meditation.
  • Beautiful temple and with a great heritage. The walks around the temple are also nice.
  • Home of the over 750-year-old wood printing blocks of the Buddhist canon 'Tripitaka' - 81,258 wooden blocks in pristine condition, comprised of a staggering 52,330,152 hand-carved characters. You'll only be able to take a closer look at the blocks from the beginning of 2017 as it's closed to the public now. The surrounding area of Gayasan National Park is itself a wonder, and there are nice walking/hiking trails ('Sorigil' 소리길) close to the main road and river.
  • One of the holiest sites in South Korea and for Buddhism. The temple stay program is great and should be on any trip itinerary for South Korea.
  • One of the most beautiful places in the world.

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