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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 »
  • Absolutely stunning. Hiking up the Yeongnam Alps to visit the largest zen Buddhist monastic complex in South Korea and the Buddha relics are preserved in several of the stupas. Reminded me of Ragjir/V...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice 90