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Haeinsa, Hapcheon-Gun

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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 and other Hapcheon-Gun attractions into our Hapcheon-Gun itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • One of the most beautiful zen monasteries I have ever visited. The monastery is hidden away in the foggy mountainous backdrop. It is about 1.2 km away from the newest bus station. You will have to go ...  more »
  • I was let down by the security lines at the Tripitaka halls. I can only see some dark block of woods through the holes of the wooden wall. It was utterly a let down. With little information displayed,...  more »
  • We were here as a group for an overnight temple stay. 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 segregat...  more »
  • 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.