Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea
Layout of Bongjeongsa Temple
Bongjeongsa Temple is situated at 901, Taejang-ri, Seohu-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It is comprised of 36 buildings and 3 hermitages. It was founded by Great Monk Neungin in 672 (12th year of King Munmu’s reign over Silla), and Great Monk Uisang built the Hwaeom Lecture Hall to teach the Dharma to the disciples. A document regarding the roof repair of Geungnakjeon in 1363 (12th year of King Gongmin’s reign) was found, and based on this, Geungnakjeon of Bongjeongsa is considered the oldest wooden building in Korea. In addition to Geungnakjeon, the Daeunjeon Hall, Hwaeon Lecture Hall and Gogeumdang have been well-preserved, and the landscape created by Daeungjeon, courtyard, Manseru and the natural environment is exceptionally breathtaking.