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Girimsa Temple (기림사)

  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)
  • Girimsa Temple (기림사)

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Address
437-17, Girim-ro, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 양북면 기림로 437-17 (양북면)
Type
Temples/ Religious Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-54-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-54-744-2292
Homepage
kirimsa.net (Korean only)
  • Information
    Introduction
    Girimsa Temple is located in Mount Hamwolsan in Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju. The temple was built in the Silla era and, with 16 buildings, is the second largest temple after Bulguksa.
    Legend has it that the temple was originally built by the Venerable Gwang-yu, a sage from India, in the early part of the Silla Kingdom. The temple was reportedly called ‘Imjeongsa’ at first, but was later changed to ‘Girimsa’ after undergoing expansive renovations by Monk Wonhyo. It is still unclear exactly what year the temple was built in.

    Girimsa is divided into two main areas. The first is the area around Daejeokgwangjeon Hall where the statue of Birojanabul is enshrined. The second is the area around the majestic 500-year-old bo tree (a kind of large fig tree) that is home to a wooden pagoda, the Seongbo Museum, Samsingak, Mangbujeon, and Gwaneumjeon halls. The Daejeokgwangjeon Hall was first built during Queen Seondeok's reign, and was rebuilt six times since its original construction. Its simple but majestic architecture is characterized by baeheullim (aka, entasis columns) and a Dapoyangsik (Dapo-style) single-tiered gabled roof.
    Girimsa is famous for Ojongsu, water that is said to have five different tastes. It consists of gamrosu, which is best for making tea; hwajeongsu, which supposedly gives comfort to the drinker; janggunsu, which makes the body stronger; myeongansu, which gives clear vision; and otaksu, which is said to sparkle so brightly that it attracts all the birds of the air. During Japanese colonial rule, the source of janggunsu, literally meaning ‘water of a general,’ was reportedly blocked off by Japanese soldiers, who were afraid the water would give the Korean people the strength to overthrow them. Except for janggunsu, water still continues to flow from each source.
    On the way to Girimsa temple is the Golgulsa Temple, well known for its 12 grottos. Golgulsa was originally a hermitage (monastery) of Girimsa. After becoming an independent institution, it became the center of Seonmudo practice in Korea. The temple aims to promote the art of seonmudo on a national and international level.


    * Major Cultural Properties
    Lacquered Seated Mercy Bodhisattva of Girimsa Temple (Treasure No. 415)
    Daejeokgwangjeon Hall (Treasure No. 833)
    Sojo Birojana Samjonbul (Treasure No. 958)
    Sutras kept inside the Vairocana Buddha of Girimsa (Treasure No. 959)
     

    Administration
    Girimsa Temple Office

    Telephone
    +82-54-744-2292, 746-3069

    Fax
    +82-54-744-2269

    Closed
    N/A (open all year round)

    Activity Information
    [Girimsa Templestay]
    * Regular, One-day Program
    ※ Please refer to homepage for more details (Korean only)

    Operating Hours
    09:00~18:00

    Parking Facilities
    Available

    Admission Fees
    Individual: Adults 3,000 won / Teens 2,000 won / Children 1,500 won
    Group: Adults 3,000 won / Teens 1,500 won / Children 1,200 won

    ※ Free: the handicapped (including 1 accompanier) and seniors
    ※ Children: age 7-12 (including elementary school students)
    ※ Teens: age 13-18
    ※ Adults : age 19-64

    Restrooms
    Available

    Interpretation Services Offered
    Available

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