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Tongdosa, Yangsan

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Tongdosa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and in the southern part of Mt. Chiseosan near Yangsan City, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.Tongdosa is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea and represents the Buddha. Tongdosa is famous because there are no statues outside of the Buddha at the temple because the "real shrines of the Buddha" are preserved at Tongdosa. Courtyards at the temple are arrayed around several stupas that house the Buddha's relics.OriginsTongdosa was established by the monk Jajang after returning from China in 646 CE, during the reign of Queen Seondeok of Silla. It thrived throughout the Unified Silla and Goryeo periods, when Buddhism was the state religion, and remained strong even in the Joseon Dynasty.Tongdosa is reputeded to house several relics of the Sakyamuni Buddha himself, including a robe, a begging bowl, and a bone from his skull, all relics that Jajang brought back from the travels to China he undertook in 636 to study with ten other monks.Only one building, the Daeungjeon (main Dharma worship hall), survived the Imjin wars in the late 16th century; the other buildings were rebuilt later that period. In the mid 15th century at the height of its prosperity, Tongdosa is said to have had hundreds of buildings and thousands of monks. For over 1,300 years Tongdosa's Beopdeung (temple candle) has never gone out.
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  • To get here you can walk, drive, taxi or take a bus (then a 20 minuite walk approx). The temple is set in some fantastic landscape with forest, rivers and paths. Really is a tranquil place. I am not r...  more »
  • Healing to goodie pretty offended in every good morning it was like you're avoiding parked before the box office doldrums and walk 1km a song I'm able to enjoy the forest bath price adult 3,000 won!
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  • Located in the forest. Very quiet and peaceful place. You can take a walk. Pine trees are beautiful. The river flows. Old buildings, there are monks. People without a lot of tourists there. There is a shrine of the relics of the Buddha.
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  • It was really nice, well maintained, and there were even some signs in English. A lot of the buildings were similar but it was still nice to see the different interiors.
  • One of the three Jewel Temples in Korea, quite a nice atmosphere and architecture
  • How to go there from ulsan jangseangpo.
  • 素晴らしいお寺 。。
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