- Praise for Ganghwado Tour
Where One-thousand Year History RunsJeondeungsa Temple
As the oldest temples in Korea, it has so many stories. Buddhism is said to have been introduced in Korea in 372, and the Temple was established in 381 (11th year of King Sosurim of Goguryeo). No wonder, the Temple boasts its long history.
A path that leads to the Temple from the east gate of Samrangseong can be called “the path of forests,” itself. Besides Jeondeungsa Temple, the walkway is so nice that it can be highly advisable to take healing. In good spring days or clear autumn days, visitors can get much more refreshed with clean air and warm sunlight in thick woods. They can quench their thirsty with fresh mineral waters at the precincts of the shrine or a cup of tea at “Jukimdawon.” It is a simple but a sweet and fragrant rest.
Some must-see cultural relics at the Temple
1. Daeungjeon (Treasure no. 178)
Daeungbojeon is called one of the masterpieces of architecture in the mid-Joseon era. Despite its small scale, simple structure, elaborately carved decoration, and the beauty of a canopy on a Buddhist altar showcase the ultimate in architecture craft. Along with flowers like lotus and peony, fish are delicately carved. Sharp curve of a roof, eye-catching eaves ornaments, and heavy pillars show a difference from other buildings.
It harbors historical significance: 104 woodblocks of saddharma-pundari-ka-sūtra revised in 39th year of King Jungjong in Joseon era, triad Buddha, and altar portrait of Buddha.
2. Yaksajeon (Treasure no. 179)
Located at the west-side of Daeungbojeon, Yaksajeon is very similar to Daeungbojeon in the style. The exact timing of building cannot be figured out with the only record that says the roof was repaired together with Daeungbojeon. But, based on the appearance and interior, it is estimated to be built around the same time.
Gilded statue of Buddha and lotus-flower arabesque are attracting.
3. Temple bell (Treasure no. 393)
The bell is a Chinese styled one. 16-leaves lotus flower, two dragons, and apricot flowers which are carved in geometric patterns are very simple and neat. The clear and phonogenic bell-sound is peerless.