Naeyeonsan Mountain has a beautiful mountain stream that attracts a large number of visitors and hikers. One can find a large number of restaurants along the path that leads to the entrance of the temple.
In 602, the Buddhist monk Ji Myeong Bup Sa prophesized to King Jin Pyung of Shilla that if he buried the Pal-Myeong-bo-gyung (a type of holy treasure, specifically an eight-sided mirror) in a holy mountain by the east coast and built a temple, his kingdom would surely be able to unify the Three Kingdoms and protect itself from invasions by Japanese pirates and neighbors.
Following this prophecy, the King took the monk to Naeyeonsan Mountain and sunk his treasure into the big pond at the foot of the mountain. After filling up the pond, he ordered a temple to be built on top and named it Bogyeongsa Temple.
After one passes through the gate Haetal (which means “emptying of worries” or Moksha), Bogyeongsa Temple comes in the view.
Densely-placed red pine trees add to the atmosphere of this ancient temple.
After passing through Chunwangmun (a gate of a temple), a grand hall with a sign that says Daeungjeon Hall (main building of a temple) will tower over visitors triumphantly.
Daeungjeon Hall (main building of a temple) is Gyeongsangbuk-do Cultural Heritage No. 231, and its name means “the chamber housing a hero of immeasurable magical and spiritual powers, who shines light on this world.”
The Dong Jong (bronze bell), noted as Korean National Treasure 11-1, was made during the Chosun‘s Sook Jong era and is older than the bell at Tong Do Sa (a temple).
Wonjingooksa stele is National Treasure 252 and is dedicated to a monk whose secular name was Shinseunghyung.
After the death of Seung Hyung, the ruler of the Goryo Kingdom, Go Jong, bestowed the title “Won Jin” on him.
Boo-doe, another National Treasure (No. 430), is a tower in which Won Jin‘s ashes are sealed.
Daeungjeon Hall (main building of a temple) has been selected as Gyeongsangbuk-do Cultural Reference No. 231, and Jukgwangjeon (a building of a temple) is Gyeongsangbuk-do tangible cultural heritage No. 254.
Next to the pillar of Jukgwangjeon stands a wooden statue of a lion.
More of the same statues can be found on either side of Chunwangmun (a gate of a temple).
Five storied stone pagoda, made during the Hyungjong era of the Goryo, Korea dynasty, is another historic structure that has been declared Gyeongsangbuk-do tangible cultural heritage No. 203.
To the right of Chunwangmun (a gate of a temple) stand two trifoliate orange trees.
They have been designated as Gyeongsangbuk-do monument No. 11.
This beautiful, scared Buddhist institution, Bogyeongsa Temple, is a vital educational site where people can learn about the true spirit of Buddhism while breathing fresh air and enjoying the calm surroundings provided by Naeyunsa Mountain.
So why not go enjoy the scenery and seek peace of mind at Bogyeongsa Temple ?