Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea
Layout of Seonamsa Temple
Seonamsa Temple, situated on the east part of Jogyesan Mountain, faces the southeast direction along the natural geographical features. Seonamsa, where Iljumun, Beomjongnu, Manseru and Daeungjeon are arranged along the central axis, consists of several other areas in addition to the Daeungjeon Hall area. Next to Daeungjeon, there are monk dormitories centering on Simgeomdang and Seolseondang, while Wontongjeon, Josajeon, Buljojeon and Palseongjeon halls are found behind the main hall. Above Wontongjeon, there are Sanseongwon and Jeongeobwon forming separate areas on the east and west. Sangseonwon consists of 7 buildings including Dalmajeon, Mitajeon, Eungjindang and Jinyeonggak, while Jeongeobwon comprises Muujeon and Gakhwangjeon. To the west of Daeungjeon, there are Muryangsujeon and Changpadang, while Seongbo Museum is seated in front of Seolseondang. At Seonamsa Temple, the building platforms become gradually higher toward the back of the site, but the height difference is not very large.
Seonamsa Temple with a long history has undergone numerous changes over the years as a result of fires and reconstructions, yet it has relatively retained its older layout and it’s been said that the arrangement of the buildings remaining today are quite similar to the layout observed after the sixth reconstruction in 1824.