Founded by Monk Jajangyulsa in A.D. 640, this lovely temple offers an excellent example of local Buddhist architecture -- happily, it was not damaged during any of the wars in the Joseon Period. The complex is divided by a stream (in a yin-yang shape), and connected by a stone bridge. In the courtyard is a slim stone Ocheong Pagoda, which dates from the Goryeo Dynasty. With its bronze crown, it was influenced by the Lama Buddhist Sect of Tibet and is one of only three such structures left in the world. In the hall behind the pagoda, you'll find an altar dedicated to Vairocana, the Buddha of Infinite Light -- the paint is faded, but still visible.
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