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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  • September 27, 2017
    One of the temples in Korea, was amazing and filled with very old buildings. I'd normally, often steep, stone steps, easier to go up to the main promenade of Omotesando, here. The expert degree Temple bound bus can be reached at 220 Yen by credit card (subject to the Japan language version). And it seems there is a timetable, but ride pretty guest seems to depart. Please note that. If the lunch out of gate, go slightly to the right and shop for bibimbap. Passion came with was delicious because we ask for lunch and ordered additional passion. Seasoned vegetables, exquisite and the rest of the meal made the bibimbap. It was a great satisfaction. There are worth a visit whenever you go to Busan.
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  • September 25, 2017
    Mass production is one of the coolest in the clause. Already famous in many directions one of the mountain as it enters the bend bend those tiny got cancer ... Paradise comes at a place called good morning visit up to cancer. There is no admission fee, but the parking charge. I think 4 or 5 thousand won or so deep. Parking lot of the main car park is immediately after an overpass above a ravine Tongdosa entrance. Parking and walking not long after. Red Plum went to emulate many of you were taking pictures even without the wonderful mountains of the beautiful flowers can see a decent section.
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  • August 28, 2017
    Buddha Jin Jin, Korea will be driven to Jericho and the shrine represent is one of the temples. It's fun to see the old temples, and in having clean air. Good day for a stroll with a ton of sites, and so far, the weather would be acceptable.
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  • April 12, 2017
    This temple compound is beautiful! There are a few car parks. The one at the entrance gives you the longest walk along a tree lined path along the river.
  • August 2, 2016
    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.
  • October 10, 2016
    One of the three Jewel Temples in Korea, quite a nice atmosphere and architecture
  • September 29, 2015
    How to go there from ulsan jangseangpo.
  • October 4, 2016
    Nice 90

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