Temple Information 'Ssanggyesa'

  • Address : Hadong-gun Gyeongsangnam-do208, Unsu-ri, Hwagae-myeon
  • Tel : 010-6399-1901 / Fax :
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Templestay Introduction

SsanggyesaThe most beautiful cherry blossom road in the world….

If you’re thinking about making a trip in the spring, then the road leading up to Ssanggyesa is definitely a place that can’t be missed. The road continues for about four kilometers, from the Hwagae Marketplace up to Ssanggyesa, and the whole way it’s lined with cherry blossom trees that make you feel as if you’re walking along a dream-like road.

The foothills of Jirisan that surround the area and the wild tea fields will captivate the imagination of the traveler. Though you may have to put up with traffic congestion so bad that’s almost like a parking lot, you’ll soon be reminded of the reason you came here, because the temple Ssangyesa makes the nature here shine even more beautifully.

During the reign of Shilla Queen Seondeok (722 C.E.), Ven. Daebi and Ven. Sambeop, who were in Tang Dynasty China, received a revelation in a dream that they should bring the remains of the skull of the Sixth Patriarch of Seon Buddhism, Ven. Hyeneung, to this place and enshrine them here. A tiger showed them the way, and so they built a temple in this place and called it Ohkcheonsa (Jade Spring Temple). Later the National Teacher Ven. Jingam (774-850 C.E.) returned from studying Buddhism abroad in Tang China, and greatly expanded the temple during the reign of Shilla King Munseong (840 C.E.). Later the monk’s teaching was respected and sought after in the country, so the temple’s name was changed to Ssanggyesa.

Ssanggyesa is also known for being the home of the elaborate Buddhist musical rituals known as “Beompae.” Ven. Jingam had studied Beompae rituals in Tang China, and so when he came back to Korea, he made a form that would be agreeable to Korean sentiments. In particular, when the monk saw a fish leaping from the Seomjin River, he composed a series of eight Beompae melodies.

Ssangyesa also has a deep connection with tea. One story says that during the reign of King Heungdeok (829 C.E.), Daeryeom Kim brought some tea plant seeds back from Tang China and planted them in Jirisan under command of the king, and then later National Teacher Ven. Jingam made the tea fields much more extensive. Another story has it that Ven. Jingam brought the tea plant seeds back from Tang China himself and planted them in the vicinity of Jirisan. But either way, due to this kind of deep connection, these days Ssanggyesa is central to carrying on the legacy of Korea’s tea tradition.

Ssanggyesa’s Templestay Program

Ssanggyesa runs a Templestay program in the form of a summer training session, offering a chance to experience Seon Meditation, tea, and Beompae in its birthplace. Discover your True Self through Seon Meditation. Directly experience traditional Buddhist culture with tea and Beompae. If you have time, walk up the hiking path to the left of the Daeungjeon (Main Buddha Hall). It leads to the Bulil Waterfall, which cascades 60 meters down a cliff wall. The refreshing water washes away co

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Ssanggyesa's Templestay Program

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