Daejeonsa Temple in Juwangsan National Park
Just inside the entrance to the remote Juwangsan National Park in Cheongsong, Korea sits the quaint Daejeonsa Temple (대전사) that sits with views of the high cliffs of Giam directly behind.
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The temple was built by the Great Monk Uisang in the 12th year of Shilla King Munmu in 672AD and was named after King Ju’s son. According to legend, King Ju was a Chinese rebel who hid out in the mountains of Juwangsan until his death. The temple was destroyed during the Imjin War against Japanese invaders and was later rebuilt in 1672, the 13th year of King Hyeonjong’s reign. The main hall on the grounds dates back to 1672 and contains statues of Birojana-bul, The Buddha of Cosmic Energy, Bohyeon-bosal, The Bodhisattva of Power and Munsu-bosal, The Bodhisattva of Wisdom.
Peek inside Gwaneum-jeon Hall and you’ll be greeted by Gwanseeum-bosal, The Bodhisattva of Compassion. This hall is just to the left of the main hall.
Within the temple are multiple national treasures including a portrait of the Great Buddhist Monk Sa-Myeong. In front of the main hall is a three tiered pagoda with intricate edgings etched into the base. To learn more about the intricacies of this temple, head over to Dale’s Korean Temples where he goes into much more detail about the halls and what is within them. The temple offers a pleasant start to a hike up into the surrounding mountain via trails that offer up spectacular views of forest, rivers, waterfalls and more. Don’t miss out on Juwangsan National Park, actually the smallest national park in Korea. While it’s small, it is immaculate in beauty. Due to its remote location, you are likely to be on the trails alone for some time to view the beauty of the rock cliffs and the waterfalls in the area as well. Be sure to drink up some of the apple makkoli like any good Korean hiker would do and don’t forget to dine on the Cheongsong specialty known as blue chicken.
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Daejeonsa Temple (대전사)
경상북도 청송군 부동면 상의리 200
200 Sangwui-ri Budong-myeon, Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Juwangsan Mt.
Bus Schedule: 06:30, 08:40, 10:20, 12:00, 15:10, 16:40 / Travel time: 4hrs 30min
Take an intercity bus to Cheongsong Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Cheongsong Terminal, take a local bus to Juwangsan Mt.
- Adults: W2,800
- Youth: W1,000
- Children: W600
Facilities: Restrooms, Tour Guides (Korean only)