Temple Information 'Seoraksan Baekdamsa'

  • Address : Inje-gun Gwangwon-do690, Yongdae-ri, Buk-myeon
  • Tel : +82-33-462-5035 / Fax : +82-33-462-3224
  • E-mail : baekdamsa@hanmail.net

Templestay Introduction

Seoraksan BaekdamsaIn a layered valley, illuminated by the Buddha-Dharma….

The origin of the name Seoraksan (Seorak means “Snowy Mountain”) comes from the fact that every year, from Korean Thanksgiving Day (early autumn) the snow begins to pile up, and doesn’t melt until the Summer Solstice of the next year. If you keep trekking into Inner Seorak’s deep ravine, you’ll realize that it’s possible for snow to remain in a deep valley like this for a really long time. However, the monks of old clearly perceived that this kind of solitary place would be an auspicious site for a temple; the resulting temple that appeared is what we now call Baekdamsa.

Baekdamsa was founded during the reign of Shilla Queen Jindeok (647 C.E.) by the Precepts Master Ven. Jajang (590?-658?), under the name of Hangyesa Temple. Later the temple was destroyed in a fire, and after several phases of reconstruction was finally rebuilt. The temple’s name was changed several more times to Unheungsa, Shimwonsa, Seongusa, and Yeongchuksa, before finally being changed to Baekdamsa after being enlarged during the reign of Joseon King Jeongjo (1783).

According to legend, a monk from the temple had been worrying about repeated temple fires, but one night an old monk appeared in his dream, and told him to build the temple next to the 100th pool of water, counting down from the peak Daecheongbong. The monk followed his instructions and built the temple in that spot, naming it Baekdamsa, which means “100th Pool Temple.” Since that happened, there haven’t been any fires at the temple for many years.

Baekdamsa is located deep within Inner Seorak, with an exquisite setting as its background. The scenery around Baekdamsa is already amazing as it is, with the temple surrounded by the layered foothills of Inner Seorak, but when it gets to be late autumn, and the fall foliage sets the trees ablaze with crimson colors, it’s like nature has specially orchestrated this scene of unimaginable beauty. The clear and fresh water flowing through the ravine in front of the temple washes away any worldly impurities that may have been buried in the traveler’s mind.

Baekdamsa is also known for being the Ordination Temple of the Ven. Manhae/Yongun Han, a monk who insisted on reforms in Korean Buddhism. He was also a participant in the Korean Independence Movement and poet, who wrote the well-known poem “Silence of the Honorable.” The temple runs a memorial hall dedicated to displaying some of the 800 items left from this great monk.

Baekdamsa’s Templestay Program

Baekdamsa runs a Templestay program under the name of Templestay: Nimui Chimmuk(Silence of the Honorable). There are a variety of program themes suitable for each season?themes such as: the forest, tea, starlight, and fall foliage. A unique feature of Baekdamsa’s Templestay program is the candlelit walk that circles the pagoda and continues on to Baekdamsa’s Sushim Bridge. Programs like Nimui Chimmuk highlight Baekdamsa’s ideology, for participants directly experience that having an attitude of respect for each other creates positive energy. Hiking trips within Inner Seorak make the best use of the area’s natural beauty. The Okryu valley is nearby, or, if you would like to go a bit farther, you can trek up to Oseam

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Seoraksan Baekdamsa's Templestay Program

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