Cheoneunsa Valley
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  • Address: 70, Banggwang-ri, Gwangui-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • Tel: +82-61-780-2606
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  • Admission Fees: Adult: KRW 1,600 / Student: KRW 700 / Child: KRW 400
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This famous valley is located in Gwangui-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do and is home to Cheoneunsa Temple, which is one of the three main Buddhist temples in Jirisan Mountain. It serves as the center point of the hiking course that starts at Cheoneunsa Temple before passing through Siamjae Pass before reaching the Seongsamjae Service Area.

The valley rises towards Chailbong Peak of Jirisan Mountain and goes through Sangseonam Hermitage and Cheoneunsa before reaching Cheoneunje; the dense forest and clear water midstream is a beautiful sight. Although the great view downstream has been submerged due to the construction of Cheoneunje and access to some areas surrounding Cheoneunsa Temple have been restricted, you will still have a glimpse of the valley from several points as you walk the trails around Jirisan Mountain.

The special highlight of Cheoneunsa Valley is the Ikki Falls and Suhongnu Pavilion. Ikki Falls is a small waterfall visible as one walks through the One Pillar Gate of Cheoneunsa. To the right of the gate, there is a small, steep slope, and the way the water flows and trickles over the mossy rocks adds quaint beauty to the surroundings. Suhongnu is a two-story pavilion built on the rainbow-shaped bridge that crosses Cheoneunsa Valley. The vista including the pavilion, rainbow-shaped bridge, valley, and reservoir is another wonderful sight.

Cheoneunsa Temple is located at the entrance to Jirisan Mountain Circuit Road which starts at Banggwang-ri, Gwangui-myeon, Gurye-gun. It is said that the temple was built by Seuru, a monk from India, and another monk named Deokun in 828 A.D. (the 3rd year of the reign of King Heungdeok during the Silla Dynasty) and was initially named Gamnosa Temple.

It was burned and destroyed during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 and was rebuilt by monk Hyejeong in 1610 (the 2nd year of the reign of King Gwanghaegun during the Joseon Dynasty); however, it was burnt down again in 1676 (the 2nd year of King Sukjong's reign) and rebuilt the following year. Unfortunately, it again suffered damage from fire in 1773 (the 49th year of King Yeongjo's reign) and two years later, it was rebuilt by monk Hyeam, and has stood until today. On the left side of the entrance road, there is a stupa and a memorial stele, which are sometimes obscured by the pine forest.
Currently, there are about twenty buildings. Geungnakbojeon Hall (Jeollanam-do Tangible Cultural Heritage No. 50), which is the Buddhist sanctuary, is an elaborate building decorated with a multi-bracket system and is representative of the late Joseon Dynasty. The Painting of the Holy Peak Assembly in Palsangjeon Hall of Ssanggyesa Temple (Treasure No. 924) is an important reference material for the study of Buddhist art in 18th century Korea.

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