Wawoojongsa Temple, located on Yeonhwasan Mountain in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, is often visited by Buddhists from Southeast and East Asian countries. Last year, the temple was visited by about 200,000 tourists from Taiwan only. 100,000 tourists from other Buddhist nations such as China, Laos, Sri Lanka and Myanmar visited the temple as well.
The temple’s main attractions were made from materials donated by Buddhist countries. For instance, the wabul (reclining Buddha statue) was made from juniper trees donated from Indonesia while the eight-ton gilt bronze Buddha statue was donated by the royal family of Thailand. There is also a pagoda made of stones brought from all over the world by Buddhists and monks. The temple intends to continue using this global approach to help visitors will learn more about Buddhist cultures.
Courtesy of the Korea Tourism Organization