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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  • Visited in early December. I was in front of the snow-covered trail Woljeongsa is very good, remember ... Strongly recommended.
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  • Vintage feeling good than feel that the new temple. Fir forest is famous for having good pathway FIR fir forest is indeed wonderful. There seems to be a seasonal hire with ever.
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  • The main attraction is the pagoda inside the temple compound. Worth a visit as the temple are quite beautiful.  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...
  • One of the best place to visit in Pyungchang!
  • It's nice Temple~~
  • Nice walk and beauty with snow.
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