Photos of Naksan Temple, Gangwon Province, Korea

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Naksan Temple, Gangwon Province

Naksansa or Naksan Temple is a Korean Buddhist temple complex of the Jogye order, just south of the town of Sokcho along the coast of the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on the slopes of Naksan Mountain, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province). It was founded during the Silla Era in 671 by a Buddhist monk, Uisang Daesa (Grand Master Uisang).

Naksan Beach view
 
Naksansa
 
Naksansa bell
 
Uisanjosabi stele
 
Uisangdae pavilion
 
Uisangdae view
 
Yeonhadang hall
 
Hongnyeonam Hermitage
 
Bodhisattva fountain
 
Botajeon Hall
 
Seven storied stone pagoda
 
Haesu-Gwaneumsang
 
Haesu-Gwaneumsang
 
Stele and belfry
 
View to Sokcho
 
View to the belfry
 
Botajeon Hall
 
The belfry
 
The belfry
 
Dongjon, bronze bell
 
Virupaksa and Vaishravana
 
Dhrtarashtra and Virudhaka
 
Hongyemun gate
 
View fom Naksan Park
 

The name Naksan is an abbreviation of "Botarakgasan" which, in Korean, refers to Mount Potalaka, the place where the AvalokiteĊ›vara Bodhisattva is believed to live. On top of Naksan mountain is a 15 metres high statue of Haesu-Gwaneumsang, the Bodhisattva of Mercy, also known as the goddess Gwanseum-Bosal. It is Asia's largest Seafarer's AvalokiteĊ›vara statue, made by the sculptor Gwon Jeong-hwan from Busan; 700 tons of granite and six months were required to complete the sculpture, which was dedicated in 1977.

A Hermitage, Hongnyeonam (or Hongreanam) is built overlooking the sea and the Uisangdae Pavilion, built in 1925 and also overlooking the sea, is, it is claimed, where the temple's founder Uisang once meditated. There are splendid temple halls, like Botajeon, which has in front of it Naksansa Chilcheung Seoktap ("Seven storied stone pagoda in Naksansa Temple") that was built in 1467.