Colonial Korea – Tongdosa Temple
Temple History Tongdosa Temple, which is located in northern Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, is the largest temple in all of Korea with nineteen hermitages spread throughout its vast grounds. Tongdosa Temple means “Passing Through to Enlightenment Temple” in English. Tongdosa Temple was first founded in 646 A.D. by the famed monk Jajang-yulsa (590-658 A.D.). According to the “Tongdosa-sarigasa-sajeok-yannok,” the temple site was originally a large pond, but it was covered over by landfill so as to allow for Tongdosa Temple to be built. Also, and according to the “Tongdosa-yakji,” the name of Mt. Yeongchuksan, which is where Tongdosa Temple is located, was named after the mountain in India where the Historical Buddha (Seokgamoni-bul) gave his…
Mireuk-jeon – The Future Buddha Hall: 미륵전
Introduction According to tradition, Mireuk-bul, or the “Future Buddha,” in English, will achieve Buddhahood in 5.67 billion years after the death of the historical Buddha, Seokgamoni-bul. So Mireuk-bul is seen as both a Buddha and a Bodhisattva, which can sometimes be a bit confusing when you visit a temple and see that Mireuk-bul is Mireuk-bosal, or vice versa. They are one in the same, just at different stages of their spiritual journey. Mireuk-bul is the next in a long line of Buddhas much like Seokgamoni-bul (the Buddha we all know). Until then, Mireuk-bul resides in Dosol-cheon (Tusita Heaven) as a Bodhisattva, Mireuk-bosal. Currently, he passes his time by teaching heavenly…
Tongdosa Temple – 통도사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)
Temple History Tongdosa Temple, which is located in northern Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do, is the largest temple in all of Korea with twenty hermitages spread throughout its vast grounds. Tongdosa Temple means “Passing Through to Enlightenment Temple,” in English. Tongdosa Temple was first founded in 646 A.D. by the famed monk Jajang-yulsa (590-658 A.D.). According to the “Tongdosa-sarigasa-sajeok-yannok,” the temple site was originally a large pond, but it was covered over by landfill so as to allow for Tongdosa Temple to be built. Also, according to the “Tongdosa-yakji,” the name of Mt. Yeongchuksan, which is where Tongdosa Temple is located, the mountain was named after the mountain in India where the Buddha…
Video: Seounam Hermitage – 서운암 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)
Hello Again Everyone!! Alongside Samyeongam Hermitage, Jajangam Hermitage, and Geukrakam Hermitage, Seounam Hermitage is another one of the beautiful hermitages that takes up residence on the Tongdosa Temple grounds. But unlike the three other hermitages, Seounam Hermitage has extensive grounds that a visitor can explore. During these explorations, you can come around a Koi pond, large clay soy pots, and even a fenced off enclosure for a collection of peacocks. The hermitage was first built in 1346. And inside the Janggyeong-gak, in the upper courtyard, you can find a collection of the Tripitaka Koreana that you can find at Haeinsa Temple. So follow me as we walk our way through…
Video: Samyeongam Hermitage – 사명암 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)
Hello Again Everyone!! Another beautiful hermitage that’s located on the Tongdosa Temple grounds is the amazing Samyeongam Hermitage. A personal favourite of mine, Samyeongam Hermitage was named after the warrior monk, Samyeong-daesa (1544-1610). The hermitage was first constructed in 1573. With a beautiful, large Koi pond that’s spanned by a granite bridge, Samyeongam Hermitage is occupied with a large main hall, a Samseong-gak shaman shrine hall, and a Josa-jeon (Founders’ Hall) with a mural of Samyeong-daesa inside. The hermitage is especially beautiful during the spring months, when it seems like the entire grounds are in bloom. So follow me around a personal favourite of mine, as I tour around Samyeongam…
Video: Geukrakam Hermitage – 극락암 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)
Hello Again Everyone!! Geukrakam Hermitage, which is a reference to the heaven that Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise) rules over, is one of the beautiful temples located of the vast Tongdosa Temple grounds. First built in 1344, Geukrakam Hermitage means “Ultimate Bliss Hermitage,” in English. In addition to the unique Chilseong-gak with seven individual paintings of the shaman Seven Stars deity, the hermitage also has a picturesque Hong Bridge that spans a Koi pond and is most beautiful during the spring months when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. So follow me in this video as I tour around the amazingly beautiful Geukrakam Hermitage in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do.
Video: Jajangam Hermitage – 자장암 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)
Hello Again Everyone!! Jajangam Hermitage is one of the beautiful hermitages located on the Tongdosa Temple grounds. The temple is named after the famed monk, Jajang-yulsa (590-658), was the location from which Jajang-yulsa built Tongdosa Temple. Now comprising of three buildings (the main hall, Chilseong-gak, and Samseong-gak), as well as a beautiful view of the valley and Mt. Yeongchuksan off in the distance, Jajangam Hermitage makes for a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So sit back and enjoy the view and the harmonious atmosphere that Jajangam Hermitage offers a visitor to its beautiful grounds.
Video: Tongdosa Temple – 통도사 (Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do)
This posts contains affiliate links. I receive a percentage of sales, if you purchase the item after clicking on an advertising link at no expense to you. This will help keep the website running. Thanks, as always, for your support! Hello Again Everyone!! So the new material on the new website will focus on vlogging. And the first of these vlogs is of Tongdosa Temple, which also just so happens to be my favourite temple in Korea. Tongdosa Temple, which means “Pass Through to Enlightenment Temple,” in English. The temple was first built in 646 A.D. to house the holy relics of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). Ever since then, the…
Hello Again Everyone!!
Hello Again Everyone!! Well, it didn’t take me all that long to realize just how much I enjoy blogging about Korean Buddhist temples. While the domain name has changed, the content has not. Over the coming weeks and months ahead, I’ll be re-uploading all my former content. In addition to the old blog content, I’ll be primarily focusing on vlogging now. I just find that it brings the temples more to life. So thanks again, I hope you’ll enjoy this new site as much as the old one. Stay tuned, because there’s a lot of great content to follow! -Sincerely, Dale Q.