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Seonamsa Temple, Suncheon

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Seonam Temple, or Seonamsa, is a Korean Buddhist temple on the eastern slope at the west end of Jogyesan Provincial Park, within the northern Seungjumyeon District of the city of Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. It belongs to the Taego Order.The name Seonam ("Xian's Precipice", 仙 巖) is derived from the legend that a xian, an immortal, once played the game of Go here.About from the entrance towards the main temple grounds, two rainbow-shaped bridges appear; the second-larger one being Seungseon Bridge. Just beyond Seungseon Bridge is Gangseon Pavilion. Past the pavilion, the small oval-shape pond called Samindang comes into site. Inside the pond is a small islet with an evergreen, creating an attractive setting.Going further on the Ilju Gate appears, beyond which the various temple buildings emerge. The large timbers of the main temple buildings are impressive, blending elegantly with the surrounding Jogye mountains and harmonizing with the nature surrounding them.A hiking trail to the left of Seonam Temple leads to Maaeburi, a -high sculpture engraved on a rock. Seonamsa is beautiful throughout the year, especially in the spring when all the flowers are in bloom, as well as in the fall with all the autumn colors.With 19 National Cultural Properties in its halls and museum, there are few Korean Buddhist temples with more treasures than Seonamsa.HistoryLegend states that in 529, the missionary monk Ado built a hermitage at this site on the eastern slope of Jogyesan and named it Biroam.
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  • It felt so peaceful here in comparison with other super touristy temples in Korea. There are also some hiking trails 
    It felt so peaceful here in comparison with other super touristy temples in Korea. There are also some hiking trails  more »
  • Terrific place. From the road leading to the big buddha temple. Great experience and great scenary..Must Visit! 
    Terrific place. From the road leading to the big buddha temple. Great experience and great scenary..Must Visit!  more »
  • We stayed overnight at Seonamsa Temple as part of a Temple stay program, it was an amazing experience. As a foreigner, you should either be quite good in Korean or go with Korean friends to enjoy... 
    We stayed overnight at Seonamsa Temple as part of a Temple stay program, it was an amazing experience. As a foreigner, you should either be quite good in Korean or go with Korean friends to enjoy...  more »
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  • From parking lot, no.1 walk about 1 k.m. To the temple alongside with a lot of trees so peaceful. The world heritage temple. They keep it in original as much as they can. Inside the temple have a lot of Sweet osmanthus trees, the smell so good.
  • Beyond stunning. Preserves its old fading beauty as is. Every glance warrants a photo!
  • I really recommend that tou visit a seonamsa temple. Sepnamsa is located in Suncheon Jogyea mountain. You can go there climb up the mountain with a vehicle and get off at the parking station, and then walk the main road. I heard that it was built by goguryea monk in about 500. Although it was collapsed by war, now you can enjoy restored tample. If you go the tample at midday, you can see people wh pray for their wish. It is worth for visiting not only big buddist temple, but it is also the place where you can realax. Again, l strongly recommend that you visit Seonamsa temple.
  • Seonamsa is one of the famous tourist site of suncheon. As you can see the famous arc of seonamsa in every picture of suncheon. It is around tens of km far from main city of suncheon. You can drive in about 45 minutes or take a bus number 1 or 16. The place has nice green surrounding far from city and river flowing on the side. People usually come for hike as there are multiple routes. But they are not challenging. There are many buddha temples here too. It is worth going.
  • sun, 7/25 @ 1p - ms. heera kim, one of the few english speaking park guides at seonamsa temple was the BEST!!! she walked w me about 2hrs in on trail, while providing me info about things i saw. she was also kind to take pics of me at famous photo spots. what put her service above and beyond was her knowing i wld miss the last bus at 5:30p, so she went after her working hrs in her personal vehicle to pick me up at the end of my long 9km/6mi hike at the other temple songgwangsa. she then took me 30m to my nxt sightseeing plc, which was the naganeupseong village. her kindness will nvr b forgotten! 😍

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