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Beopgwangsa Temple
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Beopgwangsa is located in Sangeup-ri, Singwang-myeon, at the entrance of Bikansan. The temple was built by Buddhist monks Wonhyo and Euisang at the command of King Jinpyeong, the 26th king in the Shilla Dynasty. It was named after the Buddhist name of King Beopheung, who was the grandfather of King Jinpyeong, the 23rd king. The tablet of the temple was written by King Jinpyeong. It is assumed that the precincts of the temple had an area of about 16,500㎡ and 525 sections,such as Daewungjeon, Geumdangji, and Hyangrojeon. The temple was burned out by a village woman during the reign of King Cheoljong in the Joseon Dynasty. The current temple was built in 1952.

Beopgwangsa was built at the command of King Jinpyeong. The temple has 525 sections; however, it was burned during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592. The current site of Beopgwangsa includes Beopgwangsa, built in 1952 Buddha Stupa Buddha Platform Two-Headed Tortoise two stone poles and Stupa Establishment Monument, which was made during the reign of King Yeongjo in the Joseon Dynasty.

The Stupa Establishment Monument, made during the reign of King Yeongjo, shows the importance of Beopgwangsa. According to the "Record on the Beopgwangsa Stone Tower," archived in a three-story stone tower, Beopgwangsawas a royal temple built by Kim Gyun-jeong in AD 828, the third year in the reign of King Heungdeok, the 42nd king in the Shilla Dynasty. The temple was prosperous during the reign of King Munseong, the 46th king. Its name and location are accurately stated in the books written in the Joseon Dynasty, such as Sindonggukjeojiseungram and Donggyeongjapgi.

Geumdangji is a closed building with a double structure consisting of a hidden pillar, a visible pillar, and stones. It has a building structure typical of the Unified Shilla Age (AD8th century to 9thcentury), which has entrances and steps in all directions, just like Geumdangji in Gameunsa and Daewungjeon in Bulguksa. In addition, the monument Buddha Stupa, whichwas built in the latter half of the Joseon Dynasty, states that Geumdangji was a building consisting of five sections with medium height.

Buddha Platform is assumed to be the platform for the burned Buddhist statue in Daewungjeon. Its height is 1.1m, and its radius is 1.1m. Its diameter is 2.2m, and its circumference is 7.3m. The turtle base is the platform of a monument. Its height is 1.4m, and its diameter is 1.8m. In addition, its radius is 0.5m.

Buddha Stupa keeps Buddha’s 22 bones, and is said to have been built in order to pray for the unification of the Three Kingdoms by inheriting the royal blood. It is 4.2m high.

"Sunganjeon", which is 150m away from Beopgwangsa northward, has the memorial table of King Jinpyeong, the 26th king in the Shilla Dynasty.

General Information

  • Location: 875 Sangeup-ri, Singwang-myeon, Buk-gu, Pohang-si
  • Contact: Office. ☎ +82-54-243-0178
  • Site of Beopgwangsa: Historic Site No. 493
  • Tourist Attractions: Yongyeonji, Singwangwontang Spa, and Bihak Theme Land

Transportation

  • Take Urban Bus No. 550 to Singwang from the express bus terminal, and get off the bus at Singwang, the last stop. It takes 15 to 20 minutes by foot.
  • Take National Road No. 7 from downtown to Yeongdeok and Uljin. Go to the crossroads of Heunghae and Masan. Turn left, and take the local road. It takes about 10 minutes by car from Singwang-myeon.