- Mihwangsa Temple
- A beautiful temple in the village at land’s end…
Mihwangsa is an elegant temple located at the southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula, in the so-called “Land’s End Village.” You can see at one time both the beautiful mountain Dalmasan and the cool, refreshing West Sea.
Mihwangsa was founded during the reign of Shilla King Gyeongdeok (749 C.E.), and the story of its foundation is quite interesting. One day a stone boat appeared in the sea in front of the village. People tried to approach the boat, but it would recede, and then when they pulled back and stood there, it came closer. When Ven. Uijo heard this news, he started chanting and praying, and the boat reached land safely. Inside the boat was a box made of gold and a black rock. The monk found a Buddha statue and sutras inside of the golden box, and when he broke open the rock, a black cow leapt out. That night, the monk saw a golden man in his dream, who told him that the boat had come from India, and that he should build a temple wherever the cow stopped.
The next day, the Buddha statue and sutras were loaded on the back of the cow, which started to climb up the foothills of Dalmasan. About halfway up, the cow loudly mooed, fell down and didn’t get up again. So the monk built a temple in that place and called it Mihwangsa. The name of the temple was taken from the cow’s beautiful (Mi) “Moo” sound, and from the golden man’s enchanting color (Hwang).
Mihwangsa is a temple as beautiful as its name. The rocky ridge of Dalmasan surrounds Mihwangsa, as if the landscape is from a panel on a folding screen. Also the glow of the setting sun, as seen at dusk from the temple, has been a wondrous sight for many people, since long ago. If you continue to walk towards the Budojeon (field of relic pagodas), you’ll find a good chance to look inside at yourself.Mihwangsa’s Templestay ProgramMihwangsa’s Templestay program is always open, 365 days a year, and offers a variety of special activities. For example, in the freestyle program called Sound of Silence, participants can enjoy tea and conversation with the monks, mountain hiking and, at any time, they are free to take a rest in nature. However, another program, called The Spirit of a True Person, is more systematically designed with practice as its central focus. The eight day schedule of this program gives the participant some experience of Seon Meditation. There is a Chinese character program that enables kids to make good use of their school holidays by learning about Chinese characters and the culture of a mountain temple. Also offered is a program called the Hwaeom Hwesang, which is designed for groups. Other programs, such as The Glow of the Evening Sun, Walking the Path of Dreams, display Mihwangsa’s beauty and feature the camellia flowers of winter and the azaleas in the spring. Every year in October, on the fourth Saturday of the month, a gigantic painting of the Buddha?only shown in public once a year?is displayed during a festival. This highly attended event also features a musical concert. Mihwangsa has prepared separate room facilities for people who are not used to commun
- Hwaunsa Temple
- The Road To Your Happiness Begins Here! Hwaunsa is a living, educational temple, conveniently located in Yongin, just a short, direct bus ride from Gangnam Station, Seoul Station, or next to the Templestay Information Center (directly across from Jogyesa, near Insadong). Hwaunsa has maintained its status as Korea’s foremost educational training center for Bhikkhunis (Buddhist monastic nuns) since 1962. In Chinese characters, “Hwa” means shining and “un” means cloud. So, Hwaunsa is known as the ""Shining Temple in the Clouds.""Those who come to Hwaunsa may shine and find their own inner peace and happiness. Hwaun Temple (Hwaunsa) is located in Samga-dong, Yongin, South Korea. Buddhist devottee, Mr. Jaeyun Cha, originally from nearby Suwon, built a small Buddhist sanctuary at the foot of Myeokjo Mountain (Myeokjosan) in 1938. In 1962, the then 42 year old Venerable Bhikkhuni Ji Myeong came from Suduksa (Suduk Temple), to take up the position of Abbott at Hwaunsa. Under her direction, Hwaunsa opened Sangha College for Bhikkhunis in 1962. Until its closing in 1985, approximately 500 Bhikkhunis graduated from the Sangha College at Hwaunsa. Venerable Bhikkhuni Ji Myeong was revered nationally as a great Seon Master, having studied directly under the Great Master, Venerable Bhikkhu Mangong. She achieved a certain level of Enlightenment, and was given the name ‘Woljo,’ meaning “Shining Moon.” Hwaunsa's Treasures: Amitabha & Healing Buddha The wooden statues of seated Buddhas (Amitabba and Healing Buddha) that are enshrined in Hwaunsa’s Daeungjeong (Main Buddha Hall) were transferred from Geumsansa Temple in Gimje in 1960 by Venerable Bhikkhuni Ji Myeong. These two Buddhas used to be part of five Buddhas enshrined in Geumsansa Temple, which was established in 1635. One Buddha is ‘Amitabha,' from the West and the other is ‘Healing Buddha,’from the East. Black ink writing was found on the bottom of the statues. Construction records, as well as a list of donators, were also found within these two Buddha statues. The Buddha statues were created in 1628 (the 6th year of the reign of King In Jo and so their style is typical of the late Joseon Dynasty. As leading remains from the early 17th century, both statues are recognized as great contributions to the study of Buddhist culture and sculpture. They have been designated as Gyeonggi-do Tangible Cultural Assets (#200). ADDRESS: Hwaunsa Int'l Templestay & Training Center 111-14 Dongbaekjukjeon-daero (Samga dong) Cheoin-gu, Yongin-so, Gyeonggido, Korea 449-060 WEBSITE: http://hwaunsa.kr MAIN ENGLISH CONTACT: Demetra Gates Choi, Hwaunsa Int'l Templestay Team Leader WPH +(82) 031-337-2576 HP +(82) 010-3808-4292 Email: email@example.com
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