Friday, November 15, 2013

Geuknakjeon Hall, Bongjeongsa Temple

Built during the Silla Dynasty during the reign of King Munmu (661-681), the temple has been rebuilt several times during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Nestled on the hill amongst old twisted trees are the temple buildings, pagodas, pavilions, and hermitages that are part of Bongjeongsa. Geuknakjeon (National Treasure No. 15) is the oldest wooden building in Korea, dating back to the 12th-13 century. Although it has seen several repairs (1363, 1625, 1972), it is considered to be the original building. The temple hall with its stunning original Joseon murals is also a National Treasure, as is the three-story stone pagoda dating back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and a few other halls.

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