|Trash: Gapsa Temple (갑사)|
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|Gapsa Temple is located in Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park, about 19km from Gongju-si. It was established by monk Adohwasang in 420, during the Baekje Period (234-678), and is a well known temple for acquiring numerous cultural treasures.
Once you pass the parking lot, you will come across a market area, the ticketing booth, and then pass through Iljumun, the main gate. The parking lot to Gapsa Temple is less than 2km, but the road passes a famous area known as Ori Forest. In the spring, the apricot flowers bloom, and in the summer, lush green forest covers the area. In the fall, the leaves turn into beautiful hue of crimson red to create a spectacular view of the road. When you enter Gapsa, the first thing that will catch your eye is the temple’s lecture hall. There is a big sign with words written in blue, “Gyeryonggapsa”, at the entrance of the building. Tt is part of Gapsa’s uniqueness as it cannot be seen elsewhere. To one side of the lecture hall is the Dongjonggak, which houses the Dongjong (copper bell). Daeungjeon, the main building, is behind the lecture hall. If you go left from Gapsa’s lecture hall, there are the Pyochungwon and Palsangjeon buildings. Pyochungwon is where portraits of the high priests Yeong-Gyu, Sa-Myeong, and Seo-San, (who also served as monk-soldiers during the Imjinwaeran war with Japan in 1592-1598 ) are kept. High priest Yeong-Gyu, especially, took lead in leading monks to become soldiers. Pyochungwon was created to honor them. Above Pyochungwon stands the Palsanjeon building. It is so named because Palsangdo, on which the life of Buddha was divided into eight parts and described with pictures, is preserved here. The spot where these two building are is the most beautiful area to view the autumn leaves. If you keep following the road past Gapsa Temple, the Gyeryongsan Mountain trail walk appears. There is a traditional Teahouse nearby, and the valley beside the place is also very beautiful. Across the valley you can see Gongu Tower. Follow the road going off to one side of the Gongu tower and Daejeokjeon, as well as Cheoldanggan will appear. Cheoldanggan is what is raised up between two Danggan pillars. Originally there were 28 Cheoltongs connected t each other, but four of them broke during Go-Jong’s reign, and now there are only 24 Cheoltongs left.
Gapsa is famous for its beauty during the fall. Maple trees, gingko trees, and numerous other trees with large leaves are planted, and they create a very natural and beautiful autumn landscape.
|* Gapsa(갑사) - Youngmun Falls(용문폭포) - Geumjandi Hill(금잔디고개) - Nammaetap Pagoda(남매탑) - Dognhaksa(동학사) (4.7km / 3 hrs)
* Gapsa(갑사) - Yeoncheonbong(연천봉) - Gwaneumbong(관음봉) - Eunseon Falls(은선폭포) - Donghaksa(동학사) (5.5㎞ / 3 hrs 30 mins)
* Gapsa(갑사) - Sambulbong peak(삼불봉) - Gwaneumbong peak(관음봉) - Eunseon Falls(은선폭포) - Donghaksa(동학사) (7.1km / 4 hrs)
* Weekdays: Self-regulated type
* Weekends: Hands-on experience type
* Visit the homepage for more information.
|08:00 - 18:00|
* Parking Fees- Large car 6,000 won / Small car 4,000 won
|* Individual - Adults 2,000 won / Youth 700 won / Children 400 won
* Group - Adults 1,800 won / Youth 600 won / Children 300 won
|From Gongju, take direct bus to Gapsa, or regular bus. Travel time, 30 min.
From yuseong, take direct bus #2 to Gapsa, travel time, 50 min.