Woljeongsa, Pyeongchang-gun

Woljeongsa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, located on the eastern slopes of Odaesan in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Woljeongsa was founded in 643 by the Silla monk Jajang.HistoryThe Origin of Devotion to Manjusri Bodhisattva in KoreaWoljeongsa was established by Jajang Yulsa, a celebrated Vinaya Master of the Silla Dynasty. Jajang went to China to study and had an audience with the manifestation of Manjusri Bodhisattva at Taihe Lake in Shanxi Province. Manjusri then gave Jajang some of the Buddha’s cremains, his robe and alms bowl and told him to return to Silla. The bodhisattva said he would meet Jajang again on Mt. Odaesan, located northeast of Gyeongju. Upon his return to Korea, Jajang went to Odaesan and built a temporary hut. He prayed in this hut to meet the manifestation of Manjusri again but wasn’t successful because inclement weather lasted for three days.Later, Sinhyo Geosa, a layman known to be the reincarnation of Learned-Youth Bodhisattva, resided there and cultivated his Buddhist practice. Ven. Sinui, a disciple of National Preceptor Beomil Guksa, built a small hut on the site where Jajang Yulsa had built his and also resided there. After Sinui died, the hut fell into ruin. When Ven. Yuyeon of Sudasa Temple built a hermitage on this site, it finally gained stature as a proper temple. In 1377, the hermitage burnt to the ground, and Ven. I-il rebuilt it. In 1833 it burnt down again, and in 1844 it was reconstructed by two monks, Yeongdam and Jeongam. During the Korean War, over ten of the temple’s buildings, including Chilbul-bojeon, were torched by friendly forces for strategic purposes. It was only in 1964 that reconstruction was begun again by Ven. Tanheo, beginning with the Jeokgwangjeon Hall.
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  • The main attraction is the pagoda inside the temple compound. Worth a visit as the temple are quite beautiful.  more »
  • In advance, we were timed to coincide with the official opening dinner of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) on the spot, thus not all areas were accessible. Anyone wishing to make long extensive hikes outside the temple complex is right here. The temple complex consists of several buildings. Some really nice old, other modern and disfigured. The whole thing looks like a tourist attraction not finished become Olympic. Access to the vehicle cost 10000 KRW, us has free drive through get, either because of the bad weather and already late in the afternoon, or simply confused members of the IPC. As well as always, Olympia is not all for the better. The area determined beautifully in the spring and summer.
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  • Wonderful exposure to Korean Buddhism. Beautiful buildings and wooded enviroment with 1400+ years of history. A bit crowded while we were there attests to the site's popularity. A must see if you are ...  more »
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  • Beautiful temple. Worth a visit, especially if you are interested in Buddhism, History or Architecture. Would have given 5 stars if some parts of the temple weren't under construction.
  • Amazing place! Speechless after visit these temples...
  • Nice walk and beauty with snow.
  • Temple of more than 1000 years history. Beautiful forest.
  • Beautiful historic place

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