|Hwaeomsa Temple (화엄사)|
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|Situated on the southwest corner of Jirisan
Mountain, Hwaeomsa Temple is one of the 10 most famous temples in Korea. It was constructed in the fifth year of King Jinheung’s reign (544) during the Silla Era, but was burnt down during Japanese Invasion, Jeongyujaeran in 1592. Including the main building Daeungjeon, the temple was rebuilt during the Joseon Period.
The path to the temple lies along the valley named Hwaeomsa Temple Valley. It also takes you to Nogodan Plateau of Jirisan Mountain. With Korean traditional straw-roofed houses and a water mill, you can find a cozy place named Siuidongsan, which means the Hill of Poetry, to take a rest at your right on the way to the temple.
Beyond this area is the main gate of Hwaeomsa Temple, Iljumun Gate, and a long stonewall. Entering the main gate, you can find Geumgangmun Gate and the stairs going up to Bojeru. At the top of the stairs, there are the main building Daeungjeon and Gakhwangjeon Pavilion.
There are also Seo-ocheung Pagoda (west-five-story pagoda) and Dongocheung Pagoda (east-five-story pagoda) at each side of the front yard. In front of Gakhwangjeon Pavilion is the largest light made of stone in Korea. In addition, there are many national treasures here including the Sasaja Samcheung (3-story) Stone Pagoda, which is situated at the hill called Hyodae. The main building Daeungjeon and Bojeru is magnificent and graceful. Keeping its original beauty, Hwa-eomsa Temple makes beautiful scenery with the nature around it.
[National Cultural Heritages]
-Stone Lantern at Gakhwangjeon Hall of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Four Lion Three-story Stone Pagoda of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Gakhwangjeon Hall of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Hanging Painting of Hwaeomsa Temple (The Vulture Peak Assembly)
-Five-story Stone Pagoda in the east and west of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Daeungjeon Hall of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Lion Pagoda at Wontongjeon Hall of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Stone Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra) of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Higan Cherry of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Bojeru Pavilion of Hwaeomsa Temple
-Stone Lantern at Gucheungam hermitage of Hwaeomsa Temple
|Temple stay - Adults 30,000 won ~ / Children 20,000 won ~
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|Adults - Individual 3,500 won / Group 3,000 won
Youth - Individual 1,800 won / Group 1,600
Children - Individual 1,300 won / Group 1,000 won
※ Group - 30 or more people
From Youngsan station > Gurye-gu station
first train 06:50, last train 22:50, 60-90mins interval,3 hours 40 mins ride.
1. From Gurye Bus Terminal, take a city bus bound for Hwa-eomsa Temple
(10-20 min/ first bus 8 a.m. / last bus 8:10 p.m., 20 minute interval).
-Walk 15-20 min to the temple.
2. From Gurye Station, take a city bus to Gurye-eup.
Then, take Hwa-eomsa Temple bound bus at Gurye Bus Terminal.
Taxi takes 10 mins from Gurye Station.