Friday, May 31, 2013

[Tour] Colorfuldaegu’s top 4 picks for the best temples!!

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1. Donghwasa 

Donghwasa, a time-honored Silla temple, is located in the Dohak-dong Valley in among Pokpo-gol, Bindae-gol and Susut-gol valleys. It was established by Priest Geunkdalhwasang in 493. At that time it was called Yugasa(temple). Later, when the temple was rebuilt by Priest Simji, it was renamed as Donghwasa because flowers of the paulownia trees were in full blossom foretelling a good omen. Bongseoru Tower, the first building you meet in this temple, symbolizes the phoenix which is known to build its nest in a paulownia forest.  It forms a good combination with Donghwasa which represents the paulownia tree. 

If you enter the precincts of the temple via the Bongseoru, Daeung-jeon Hall was built during the reign of King Yeongjo and the supporting poles made of twisted wood show the natural beauty of the building. If you climb up the Daong-bong Peak following the tracking course near the Yeomburam Hermitage, a panoramic view of Palgongsan(Mt.) unfolds before you. On a fine day, Biseulsan(Mt.) and Gayasan(Mt.) also come into sight.

Bus: Express 1 or Palgong 1
Tel: 053)982-0101, 985-4404
Donghwasa Tourist Information: 053)985-0980
Address: 35, Dohak-dong, Daegu

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2. Pagyesa 

When entering the Pagyesa, you can find four noble buildings are arranged in the shape of 'ㅁ' which include the Jindongru Pavilion, Seolseondang Hall and Jeongmukdang Hall around the Wontongjeon Hall. Pagyesa had a special relationship with King Yeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty. During King Sukjong's reign(1674-1720), the king once had a dream  in which a priest was entering into his palace. Even after he woke up, the dreamseemed so real that the King ordered one of his retainers to take a look at the Namdaemun Gate.

Strangely enough, a priest was taking a rest in front of the gate. He was  Priest Yeongwonseonsa. The king was suprised and asked the priest to pray for him so that he may have a prince. Some time later, one of his wives showed signs of pregnancy and the next year she bore a prince. The prince was to become King Yeongjo. Highly pleased, King Sukjong bestowed the title of "Hyeoneung" to this priest. Thanks to this special relationship, a monument and Sarira stupa for Priest Heyoneung and a royal robe of King Yeongjo can be seen Pagyesa.

Bus: 101,101-1, Chilgok 3 or Palgong 1
Tel: 053)984-4550
Address: 7, Jungdae-dong, Daegu

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3. Buinsa 
If you drive toward Sutaegol Valley from the Donghwasa, you will come to the Buinsa and Pagyesa consecutively. Drive along the road passing the milestone to the Buinsa, see grape vineyards spread on both sides of the road and then you will arrive at the temple. 

The temple was founded as an affiliate temple of the Donghwasa in about the 7th century. It enjoyed a nationwide reputation as a temple to wish for the good of Queen Seondeok of the Silla Dynasty. During the Goryeo Dynasty, Chojo-daejanggyeong, Buddhist sutras recorded on woodcuts created for wishing to protect the country from the invasion of the Kitan, had been kept in this temple. 

When the temple was most prosperous, the neighboring vineyards were known to have belonged to the temple. On the premises are the Samseonggak building and Seondeokmyo, a shrine where a memorial service took place every March of the lunar calendar.

Tel: 053)982-5006
Address: 356, Sinmu-dong, Daegu

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4. Bukjijangsa  

Bukjijangsa, a branch of Donghwasa, was built during the Silla Dynasty in 485. It is famous for its main building called Daeungjeon. There is a pair of three-storied stone pagodas in the east of the Daeungjeon. In addition, a Jijang Bodhisttava stone statue remains. It is known that this statue was found in the ground, probably having been buried in the mud after heavy rain. There are signs along the road from Baegan-dong Intersection to Donghwasa. You can take a trip to the valley with clean water and paths in a thick pine tree forest.

Tel: 053)982-0511
Address: 620, Dohak-dong, Daegu

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