Songgwangsa Temple, Suncheon

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Songgwangsa translation: Spreading Pine Temple; alternates: Songgwang-sa, or Songgwang Sa, or Songkwangsa; also known as: Piney Expanse Monastery; originally: Gilsangsa) of the Korean monastic community. Though smaller in size, it is considered as the greatest among the trio of the Three Jewels Temples representing the “the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha". The other two of the trio, Tongdosa and Haeinsa, are located in South Gyeongsang Province.This monastery, though under the jurisdiction of the Jogye Order in Seoul, functions as an autonomous body. It controls a network of 49 small branch temples whose abbots are chosen from among the monks of the main monastery and who also enjoy a fair degree of independence as long as they function as independent economic units without depending on the main monastery. It currently serves as the head temple for the 21st district of the Jogye Order among the 25 head monasteries of the order. Songgwangsa, one of the oldest Seon temples in Korea, is still very active today as a practice center.Over the centuries, it has been rebuilt many times and is now fully restored. As it has been the residence of many monks, the monastery has an assortment of stele and pagodas which contain the ashes of many monks. One of the oldest living quarters in Korea is located at Songgwangsa, as well as an International Seon Center that is popular with foreigners who seek the experience of living in a Seon temple. Koryo Sa, the first foreign branch of Songgwangsa, was established in Koreatown, Los Angeles, California, US in 1980 by Kusan Sunim.
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  • After a walk in full nature, we arrived at several temples more beautiful than the other. We have been conquered by the calm and the attention to detail. A great to relax after visiting a big city for example.
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  • It's too bad that Westerners do not visit the Korea. We can discover some pearls. However the Koreans should in turn be more open and more friendly with their visitors, which is not always the case.
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  • Calm and grandeur, and elegance with it is not an easy task. Even so, having all this three song Kwang-outs throughout the eye to wander this enjoyable. Just to let the pay-to-cash, bank transfer, except that only the calculation. Nowadays in the world look to refuse to card counting in this close, but rated.
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  • Beautiful and famous Korean temple. i reached there in winter, the mountain behind the Sonkronsa is worth visiting. The iced river and gorgeous mountain view are definitely the reward to the tiring climbing.
  • Beautiful mountain
  • Good meditation place for all you
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  • Korea Buddhist temple
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