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), one of the three jewels of Korean Buddhism, is located in Jeollanam-do on Mount Songgwangsan on the Korean Peninsula. Situated approximately away from the sea, it is within the Jogyesan Provincial Park.While originally founded in 867, it was established in 1190 by Zen Master Jinul (Chinul). Chinul's meditation teachings evolved from this monastery and contributed significantly to the Zen practice that prevails to this day in Korea. Songgwangsa is considered the "jewel" (Samgharatna) of the Korean monastic community. Though smaller in size, it is considered as the greatest among the trio of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea representing the “the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha". The other two of the trio, T’ongdo-sa and Haein-sa, are located in South Gyeongsang Province; and represent the Buddha and the dharma, respectively.This monastery, though under the jurisdiction of the Chogye 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 Zen temples in Korea, is still very active today as a practice center.
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  • May 17, 2017
    Other inspectors if that amount would have been able to write large room a choice of solitary confinement had to write something. However, toilets, shower was great inconvenience as well. The amount is typically located in the mountains but in the long-awaited price Motel Hawthorn leave the Temple of piety, unworldly and a calm and natural atmosphere of the Woods can stay for a while is a great benefit.
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  • April 1, 2017
    This temple is really worth seeing! Nice location, tucked away for themselves. Great if it has not so many tourists... wonderful atmosphere and great photo stops.
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  • March 3, 2017
    One of the three major Buddhist temples in Korea, songgwangsa. The scale in section considerably. Going to air. There are also magnificent and cool. I'd love to go once more
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