|Jeungsimsa Temple (증심사)|
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|Located on the western foothills of Mudeungsan Mountain, Jeungsimsa Temple is a representative temple of Gwangju. First founded by Buddhist monk Cheolgamseonsa Do Yun in 517 (Silla Kingdom), the temple was remodeled by Buddhist monk Hyesoguksa in 1094 (Goryeo Dynasty) and again by Kim Bang in 1443 (Joseon Dynasty). The temple was burned down during the Imjin Waeran War (Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598) and was reconstructed in 1609 by three Buddhist monks: Seokgyeong, Sujang, and Dogwang. It underwent several additional restorations before being destroyed again by fire during the Korean War (1950-1953). Most of the existing buildings, including Daeungjeon (main temple building), were rebuilt in the 1970s.
Jeungsimsa Temple is home to a large number of valuable cultural assets: Obaekjeon (hall of 500 Arhats); Cheoljo Birojanabul Jwasang (seated metal Buddha statue, Treasure No. 131) enshrined in Birojeon (Saseongjeon) Hall; a three-story stone pagoda from the latter Silla Kingdom (Gwangju Tangible Cultural Property No. 1); Beomjonggak Pavilion; Beomja Seven-story Stone Pagoda engraved with Beomja (ancient Sanskrit); and more.
|Cars: 400 won for every 30min
Buses: 250 won for every 30min
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|Interpretation Services Offered|
* Cultural Interpretation Services available (Friday-Sunday)
U-Square Bus Terminal, take Bus 09 and get off at Jeungsimsa.
Jeungsimsa Temple is a 20min-walk from the bus stop.
[Subway + Bus]
Hakdong/Jeungsimsa Station (Gwangju Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
Take Bus 09, 35, 50, 51, 54 or 76 to Jeungsimsa (증심사) Bus Stop.