Colonial Korea: Beopjusa Temple – 법주사 (Boeun-Gun, Chungcheongbuk-do)

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National Treasure #55, the Palsang-jeon Hall at Beopjusa Temple in 1932.

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Sujeongam Hermitage – 수정암 (Boeun-Gun, Chungcheongbuk-do)


A look inside the Geukrak-jeon main hall at Sujeongam Hermitage near Beopjusa Temple.

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Just to the south-west of the famed Beopjusa Temple is the affiliated Sujeongam Hermitage. And while the courtyard is under an extensive renovation, there are still a couple buildings for a visitor to explore in and around the grounds.

Walking down a beautiful pathway that skirts a neighbouring stream, and past a budo field, you’ll finally come to the compact hermitage grounds. Welcoming you at the gate are a pair of protective Vajra warriors.

Now and Then: Beopjusa Temple

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Beopjusa Temple in the early 20th century.

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Beopjusa Temple was first established in 553 A.D. by the monk Uisin. The name of the temple means “The Place Where the Dharma Resides Temple,” in English. The reason that the temple was named Beopjusa Temple is that Uisin brought back a number of Indian sutras from his travels that he wanted to house at the temple.

Guinsa Temple – 구인사 (Danyang, Chungcheongbuk-do)


 The Beautiful View from between the Iljumun Gate at Guinsa Temple in Danyang, Chungcheongbuk-do.

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Temple Stay: Beopjusa Temple (Chungcheongbuk-do)

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 The beautiful Beopjusa Temple.

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Introduction to the Temple:

Temple Stay: Guinsa Temple (Chungcheongbuk-do)

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(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Introduction to the Temple:

The Story of…Beopjusa Temple

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Before the rain started to fall at Beopjusa Temple.

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In an all new segment on the blog, I thought I would give some of the back stories behind my travels to various temples and hermitages around the Korean peninsula ever since I started exploring them back in 2003. Some of the stories are funny, some are warm, and some are even absurd. So follow me as I go beyond the pictures, maps, and descriptions, as I explore Korean temples at their best.

Beopjusa Temple – 법주사 (Boeun-Gun, Chungcheongbuk-do)

The beautiful and massive bronze statue of Mireuk-bul at Beopjusa Temple with the ancient and original Palsang-jeon Pagoda behind the Four Heavenly Kings' Gate.
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Beopjusa Temple was another o

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