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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 to the temple you need to do a little walking or have a car. No buses go to the actual temple.it was about a 20 minute walk from the entrance (which cost 3000 won to enter, or I was just stupid...  more »
  • Good morning starts at the main entrance of the pedestrian walk is good, especially the Pine Grove when the doldrums early summer it feels cool and refreshing to walk down that path. Daewoong I and got to the temple and the feeling of a good, the Buddha set take Sari steel staircase, it was seeing a wheel turns the wishes of hope. Well I wasn't incense wished your family's health. Mind when your hair goes heavy, complex is a great place.
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  • A direct bus ride from the Terminal catapults Highway 30 minutes where you can arrive if you know a lot of people with the Busan beomeosa Temple, as if in one of the lovely and beautiful park is like the feeling of walking down the road ... Hotel ^^
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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.
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