- Temple Daegwangmyeongjeon
Located in Taepyeong-dong, Sujeong-gu, Bongguksa Temple was originally built in 1028 (19th year of the reign of King Hyeonjong of the Goryeo Dynasty).
Though once destroyed to the ground, it was rebuilt in 1395 (4 th year of the reign of King Taejo of the Joseon Dynasty).
In 1673, King Hyeongjong, the ruler at the time, remodeled the temple to pray for the repose of his two daughters - Myeonghye
and Myeongseon, both of whom had died young.
Daegwangmyeongjeon Sermon Hall of Bongguksa Temple is rare building adopting the temple construction techniques which prevailed in the Joseong Dynasty during the 18th century, including the gale roof. This temple, which has 3 sections on the facade and another 3 on the flank, looks grand as its roof is wide compared with its body. Though temples of this type enshrines Dainiti Nnyorai statues, this temple enshrines an Amitabha statue at its center, surrounded by a Avalokite vara and Ksitigarbha to its left and right. Currently, 3 temple buildings and 3 auxiliary structures remain in this temple site:Daegwangmyeongjeon Sermon Hall, Tangible Cultural Property of Gyeonggi Province no. 101;Samseonggak House;Shimgeomdang Shrine; lljumun Gate; Cheonwangmun Gate; Beongjongnu Belfry.
Many Buddhists come here to pray at its regular services held at 10:30 a.m. on every Sunday, on 1st, 15th, 18th and 24th day of each lunar month. Those for children, high - and middle-school students are held at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
- How to reach
- 20-minute walk toward Geonwoo Apt. from Exit 3 of the Gyeongwon Univ. Station (Subway Bundang Line) or town bus 77 to the Bongguksa Temple bus stop
- Bus 9 out of Exit 2 of the Sanseong Station
- 123, Taepyeongno, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (216-2, Taepyeong 2(i)-dong)
- 031) 755-0329