Introduction Located on the western foothills of Mudeungsan Mountain, Jeungsimsa Temple is a representative temple of Gwangju. First founded by Buddhist monk Cheolgamseonsa Do Yun in 517 (Silla Kingdom), the temple was remodeled by Buddhist monk Hyesoguksa in 1094 (Goryeo Dynasty) and again by Kim Bang in 1443 (Joseon Dynasty). The temple was burned down during the Imjin Waeran War (Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598) and was reconstructed in 1609 by three Buddhist monks: Seokgyeong, Sujang, and Dogwang. It underwent several additional restorations before being destroyed again by fire during the Korean War (1950-1953). Most of the existing buildings, including Daeungjeon (main temple building), were rebuilt in the 1970s.
Telephone +82-62-226-0108, +82-62-226-0107
Current Status [Jeungsimsa Temple] Cultural Property of Gwangju No. 1 (Designated on February 17, 1984) [Iron Seated Vairocana Buddha of Jeungsimsa Temple] Treasure No. 131 (Designated on January 21, 1963) [Stone Sanding Bodhisttva in Jeungsimsa Temple] Tangible Cultural Property of Gwangju No. 14 (Designated on March 20, 1989) [Three-story Pagoda of Jeungsimsa Temple] Tangible Cultural Property of Gwangju No. 1 (Designated on January 29, 1972) [Obaekjeon of Jeungsimsa Temple] Tangible Cultural Property of Gwangju No. 13 (Designated on March 20, 1989)
Closed N/A (Open all year round)
Activity Information Templestay - Retreat type - Temple life (Two-day program) - Experience type * Reservation: jeungsimsa.templestay.com/
Age Limit for Activities Visitors ages 8 and older
Maximum Occupancy 20-30 people for accommodations
Parking Facilities Available - Small vehicles 50 spaces / Large vehicles 3 spaces
Admission Fees Free of charge
Parking Fees Cars: 400 won for every 30min Buses: 250 won for every 30min
Available Facilities [Accommodations] Temple hall: 3 Buildings (30 people) Basement auditorium: 1 building (50 people)
[Other facilities] Walking path, trekking path, restrooms, drinking facilities, etc.
Interpretation Services Offered Available Reservation must be made in advance (temple volunteer & Buddhist monk)
Pets Pets must be on a leash at all times. Please bring plastic bags to dispose of pet litter.