|Girimsa Temple (기림사)|
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|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)
Buddha's sarira (enshrined in a Buddha statue)
Sutras kept inside the Vairocana Buddha of Girimsa (Treasure No. 959)
|Girimsa Temple Office|
|N/A (open all year round)|
|Girimsa Temple Stay (Korean)|
|Sedans 1,500 won / Large-sized, buses 3,000 won
※ 50% off for the handicapped.
|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
|Interpretation Services Offered|
|* Take the
bus towards Gyeongju from Dong Seoul Terminal (7:00am - 00:00am, departs every
20min - 1hr/ est. travel time 4hr)
* Take city bus ftowards Gampo or Yangnam (#100 - departs every 20min/ #150 - departs every hour) >> Get off near Yangbuk-myeon Eoil-ri >> Take a taxi (Taxi fare is about 6,000 won)