Tongdosa Temple, Yangsan

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#4 of 17 in Historic Sites in Gyeongsangnam-do
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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  • Korea 3 (fire, law, w) temples are temples of fire, one of which spawned a good morning ... I brought friends, relatives and friends, all the people who come up with the first mass production of "good morning mass" ... Spring is brimming with great temples unciga any time winter seasons. Spring plum is a photographer has given rise to the stage of dreams ... Other temples and a structure with Hung I, Sari Temple Buddha steel stairs immortal Lee towers, other historical buildings and numerous wooden towers with ... Good morning centered on young livestock operators all over small and big horse seems to be not less beautiful serpents gig. Among these, I often find in the UNAM and reflecting the ideal walking and cancerous paradise fit section.
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  • Very nice complex of temples with a very relaxed atmosphere. We are there walk nonchalantly in the late afternoon with a beautiful light of winter... absolute Zen
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  • It's a really big and interesting temple complex, but the most interesting is that you can get into the park with your car and you can drive through the whole park, from one temple to the other. The n...  more »
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  • This temple is very famous for a bone of Budda and very beautiful place. It is near to Busan, just 30 minutes. Our family have visited here for new year pray.
  • Peaceful monastery crowded but not if u head to the monasteries in the hill side. Love the food before 12noon. Free by donations.
  • 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.
  • Historical temple, one of few in Korea with the original temple buildings intact
  • 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.

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