Yeongiam Hermitage
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  • Address: San 20-45, Hwangjeon-ri, Masan-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • Tel: +82-61-782-0588
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  • Admission Fees: Free
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Yeongiam Hermitage is where Hwaeomsa Temple originated, and it is said to be founded by an Indian monk named Yeongi under the reign of King Seong during the Baekje Dynasty. It was completely burnt down during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, but was restored in 1989 by a Buddhist monk named Jongwon.

One of the must-see in this hermitage is the Manjusri commissioned by a Buddhist monk named Manhae in 2008. Standing 13m high, it’s the largest one of its kind in Korea. It’s also one of the reasons why Yeongiam became the representative place for praying to Manjusri among Buddhists.

Manjusri, or the Bodhisattva of Great Wisdom, is the chief of the bodhisattvas, and Koreans have been worshipping the bodhisattva since the Three Kingdoms Period.

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