A sacred temple, Haeinsa Tenple, which name has originated from the expression Haeinsammae of the Buddhist scripture which absolutely means the enlightened world of Buddha and our naturally undefiled mind, the Haeinsa Temple was founded by two righteous monks, Suneung and Ijung. The third year of King Ae-Jang’s reign was the original date of the temple’s establishment.
Public and private treasures are enshrined at Haeinsa temple, which is appointed as a universal cultural heritage since 1995 for the massive amount of cultural relics it houses. Along with the Tripitaka Koreana (National Treasure No.32) and Janggyeongpanjeon (National Treasure No. 52), 15 more public treasures and some 200 private treasures are enshrined at Haeinsa Temple in total. Iljumun, Daejeokgwangjeon and the Tripitaka Koreana are recognized as famous treasures. Iljumun Gate was the first gate that every sattva must pass to become a Buddha and considered as a representative work of ancient architecture. Daejeokgwangjeon, the grand sanctuary, and the three-story stone pagoda in the yard possess the majestic appearance of the one-thousand-year-old temple. Tripitaka Koreana, the most famous national treasure of Haeinsa Temple, was made as a wish to overcome the national crisis caused by Mongolia Invasion. The printing blocks are 68cm wide, 24.5cm long, 3 cm thick with wood fixed at each end to maintain balance and lacquer was applied to prevent corrosion. Silver magnolias growing near the South Sea and Geojae area were cut down, soaked in seawater for several years and then dried to make these printing blocks. The blocks are a result of the king and his people’s effort to repulse the Mongolian army with support from Buddha. The 81,340 blocks include 6,791 volumes.
Other attractions include Hapcheon 8 gyeong, Haeinsa Temple, Gayasan Mountain, Hongryudong Valley (Crimson Stream Village Valley), Namsanjeilbong Peak, Hambyeongnu Tower, Hwanggye Falls, Hwangmae Mountain Mosanjae, Lake Hapcheon, and the astonishing Baek-ri Cherry Blossom Road.
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