This temple was founded by Master Shinwol in 1522. It burned down in 1618 and was rebuilt the following year by Master Dowol. ... More
This temple was founded by Master Shinwol in 1522. It burned down in 1618 and was rebuilt the following year by Master Dowol. In 1866, two monks, Yonso and Pomun, went to great lengths to repair the weak structure. Hwagyesa temple is famous for the statues of Bodhisattva Kstitigarbha and the Ten Judges in the Judgment Hall. These were beautifully carved by Master Naong in the late Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) and then brought to the temple in 1877. Today, it serves as home to the Seoul International Zen Center. Visitors may even see foreign monks and lay people living and practicing Buddhism here.
The atmosphere and surrounding are wonderful. Surrounded by Bukhansan Mountain, Hwagyesa Temple is a place where foreigners and Koreans alike can practice sitting and walking zen meditation on Sunday afternoons from 1-3 and listen to a dharma talk in starting around 3pm. This is one of the only temples in Seoul that has foreign monks so the dharma talks are given in English~
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