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Address
59, Ssanggyesa-gil, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 하동군 화개면 쌍계사길 59
Type
Temples
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-55-883-1901, +82-55-883-7019, +82-55-883-1750 (Korean)
Homepage
www.ssanggyesa.net (Korean only)
Introduction
Located on the southern part of Jirisan Mountain, Ssanggyesa Temple and Hwaeomsa Temple are among the most popular temples in the Jirisan area. Constructed by Sambeob who was a disciple of Euisang in the 23rd year of King Seongdeok’s reign during the Silla Era, it was called Okcheonsa Temple at first. Then, the Buddhist Monk, Jingam changed its name to Ssanggyesa Temple after having seeded around the temple with tea from China. The temple was burnt down during the Japanese Invasion, Imjinwaeran (1592-1598) and later rebuilt.

The best time to visit this area is spring, as the 6km path from Hwagye market place to Ssanggyesa Temple is filled with blooming 600-year-old cherry blossom trees. With the myth that lovers who walk together along the cherry blossom tree path, it is also called Hollaegil (wedding path). A 40-50 minute walk along the tree-lined path leads to Ssanggyesa Temple.

Across the bridge in front of the ticket office, there are two rocks engraved with the words “ssanggye” and “seokmun” each. It is said that the eminent scholar Choi Chiwon of the Silla Era had engraved the words with a cane. In the middle of the temple, one of the foremost Korean epigraphs “Jingamseonsa-daegongtabbi” is situated in front of the main building Daeunggeun. This was also written by Choi Chiwon. To the east you can find the Ssanggyesa Ma-aebul, a unique image of Buddha engraved in a hollowed out section of rock.

In addition, Palyeongru is the cradle of Korean style Beompae (Buddhist music), which was initiated by the Priest Jimgam (774-850) who studied the Buddhist music in China. As Jingam composed the piece Eosan (fish mountain) by watching the fish of Seomjingang River with Paleumryul (eight tones and rhythms), this place is named Palyeongru.

During the third year of King Heugdeok’s reign during the Silla Era, Kim Daeryeom visited China and brought seeds for tea trees. By royal order, he planted the seeds around Ssanggyesa Temple and this area became the first place to cultivate tea.
Administration
Ssanggyesa Temple
Telephone
+82-55-883-1901
Activity Information
Ssanggyesa Templestay
Operating Hours
04:30~19:00
Parking Facilities
Available

Parking Fees
Off-peak season
Sedans : 2,000won / Bigger than Sedans : 4,000won
Peak season
Sedans : 2,000won / Bigger than Sedans : 5,000won
 
Admission Fees
Adults (age 20-64) - Individual 2,500won / Group 2,200 won
Youth (age 12-19) - Individual 1,000 / Group 800 won
Children (age 7-12) - Individual 500 won / Group 400 won
※ Free - age under 7 and over 65, disabled visitors
※ Groups are more than 30 persons.
Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair rental service, restrooms
Directions

Take an intercity bus to Hwagae Bus Terminal (화개터미널).
From Hwagae Bus Terminal, turn left and go 170m towards Seomjingang River (섬진강).
At Hwagae Samgeori (화개삼거리), take a Gurye-Sinheung (구례-신흥) route bus.
Get off at the Ssanggyesa Temple bus stop.
Ssanggyesa Temple is located 150m from the bus stop.

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