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Naksan Myogaksa Temple, Seoul

#26 of 73 in Historic Sites in Seoul
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Myogaksa Temple is a Korean Buddhist temple located in the heart of downtown Seoul, South Korea, in the Jongro District, nestled on the east side of Naksan Mountain. It houses the administrative headquarters of the Gwaneum Order of Korean Buddhism. It is located close to the Dongmangbong Peak, Naksan Park, Donggwanmyo Shrine and Dongdaemun Market.
Myogaksa was established in May 1942 by Ven. Taeheo Hongseon in accordance with a geomantic prediction that Seoul residents would be at peace if a temple was constructed here. Based on a geomantic principle, Mt. Naksan, on which Myogaksa is located, corresponds to a land formation known as “blue dragon on the left” in regards to Seoul, and Myogaksa stands on the edge of the mountain.
Although Myogaksa is situated on a rather small piece of land in a residential district, its structural integrity is evident in the layout of such structures as Daebulbojeon, Wontongbojeon, Nakga Seon Center, Seokguram, Mountain God Shrine and an Avalokitesvara image carved into the mountain cliff.
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  • We organised this from Australia. Communication was quick and informative, however a I was a little concerned with the language barrier and interpretations. We had the best time. We did the 2 day....  more »
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