|Sinheungsa Temple as seen|
from the cable car on our
way up Ulsanbawi Peak
The temple management had put up a couple of informative signboard in the vicinity, explaining the origin and the use of the buildings. Sinheungsa Temple is situated on the slopes of Seoraksan in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, South Korea. It is located inside Seoraksan National Park, and many tourists hiking Seoraksan up to Ulsanbawi (peak) pass by the temple on the way. Historical accounts vary as to whether this ancient Zen (Seon) temple was first constructed by Jajang in 653, first called Hyangseongsa (Temple of Zen Buddhism), or in 637 following his return from Tang China. It burned to the ground in 699, was rebuilt in 710, burned again in 1645 and was rebuilt in 1648 at its present location by Uisang. This temple is believed to be the oldest Zen (Seon) temple in the world.
We took some time in visiting the many buildings in the temple, and shot some pictures for memory. Here are the pictures I took at Sinheungsa Temple:
Location: 1137, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea