Sunday, September 16, 2012

Famous Seoknam Temple and Stupa of Seoknamsa in Ulsan city

Seoknamsa temple that is located in 1064, Deokhyun-ri, Sangbuk-myun, Ulju-gun, a seminary for the Buddhist priesthood of capital of Yeseung , was established by Doei who is also found a Buddhist sect of Borimsa temple in the period of King Hyundeok(A.D 824) After then, it was restored by Takyeonsunseok in the period of king Hyunjong of 18th of Chosun dynasty (A.D 1674), by Chimhae,Suil and so on in the period of king Sunjo of 23th of Chosun dynasty again Taebaek mountains far away from Kanwon province stretc hed out to southern area, made Unmun mountain of Cheodo, and shaped the Gohun mountains that consist of famous peak of Giji, Sinbul, Ganwal, Cheowal, Youngchui mountain. there are Seoknamsa temple in Gaji mountain, Ganwalsa temple in Sinbul mountain, Tongdosa temple in Youngchui mountain. it is so divine area of Buddha Doeiguksa, priest, looked for a noted mountain and place, found the place for builing a temple. Seoknamsa temple was constructed by him for pray defense of the fatherland. and he became student of Jijan g, a guardian deity of children, took the lecture, changed his Buddhist name into Doei and came back to the Silla (A.D 821) after he came back to Silla ,spread the doctrine of Namsun, one of denomination of Buddha and made two main Buddhism together with Buksun.

He constructed Seoknamsa temple. except the historied Daeungjun, Keukrakjun, Jungsuwon, Kansungdang and so on, the oldest building is Keukrakjun among them and next is Daeungjun which was found in the period of king Sunjong. there are many precious cultural assets including the stone Budo that held relics of Buddha( national treasure), three-storied stone pagoda and so forth. It is played roles as the a resting place of Ulsan's citizen, attraction, in winter, covered the temple with snow along with Mt. Gaji of grand sight -foundation: A.D 1824

                                  < Seongnamsa temple,>

The temple, Seongnamsa, is assumed to be founded by Monk Douiguksa in 824(the 16th year of King Heondeok's reign of the Unified Silla period). A stupa is a pagoda in which to attend on a noted monk's ashes.

This 3.53 meters high octagonal stupa is said to contain the sarira of Monk Douiguksa. Restored in May 1962, the stupa had a sarira in rectangular form in the upper-central part of the main body.

The carving of the lions, clouds, lotus and door-like designs is outstanding as are the guardian figures. The stupa is considered to be one of the best from the late Silla period.

                                       < Stupa of Seongnamsa >

                    Address (689-823) San 232-2, Deokhyeon-ri, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-Gun,korea

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