Sujongsa Temple on Ungil Mountain
Located on Ungil Mountain and overlooking the point where the Hangang River splits into North Hangang and South Hangang sits Sujongsa Temple (수종사). With a tea house on the grounds and women passing out rice cakes to every passerby, it is not only a scenic temple but also a very hospitable and peaceful one. There seems to be some discrepancy as to when the temple was actually built because the first stupa on the grounds was built in the 21st year of King Sejong’s reign, 1439, but the first record of the temple doesn’t appear until the fifth year of King Sejo in 1459, but it’s old nonetheless.
The anecdote concerning this particular temple has it that in 1458 King Sejo stayed overnight in Isudu, which is now Yangsu-ri Village, and that night he heard the beautiful tones of a ringing bell. The next day when he asked of the bell, the villagers responded that there was no bell, but there was an old site of a temple on Ungil Mountain and perhaps the ringing had come from there. After the royal officers had searched the old temple site for evidence of a bell they came upon a rocky cave where they discovered statues of 18 Buddhist disciples and the “ringing bell” noises, or water droplets. Soon after this, the temple was built and named Sujongsa, water bell temple.
The views from the temple might just be the best part and the pull for many that come here. On the weekend, most that arrive to sit in the shade of the temple buildings and see the view seem to be hikers heading up or down the mountain. Ungil mountain is not a difficult hike. With a pretty ideal for a novice trail that only takes a half hour to reach the summit from the temple, it is suggested that visitors go straight up after the temple. Ungil mountain is known as the lucky cloud mountain and the view from the trop is pretty beautiful as well.
경기도 남양주시 조안면 송촌리 1060
1060 Songchon-ri Joan-myeon Namyangju-si Gyeonggi-do, Korea
By subway/bus: Go to Cheongnyangni Station and find bus #2228 to Jinjung 3-guri just before Yangsu Bridge, takes about 1 hour. Walk up or take a taxi.
It is also possible to go to Ungilsan Station and follow the trail up the mountain. If you come down the other side you’ll end up at the temple.