Beopgyesa Temple
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  • Address: Beopgyesa Temple, Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • Tel: +82-55-973-1450
  • Operation Hours: -
  • Admission Fees: Free
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  • Introduction
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Jungsan-ri of Sicheon-myeon in Sancheong is close to the highest summit of Jirisan Mountain and so you can climb to Cheonwangbong Peak from here in the shortest time. Many mountain climbers still climb up to Cheonwangbong Peak from Jungsan-ri. On this course to the summit, you will come across Beopgyesa Temple which is famous for being located at the highest place in Korea. With an altitude of 1,450m, it is about 200m higher than Bongjeongam Hermitage (1,244m) on Seoraksan Mountain.

Beopgyesa Temple was built by a Buddhist monk named Yeongi in 544 A.D. It was reconstructed in 1405 and produced many high priests. Burnt down during the Korean War, the temple existed in a cave for some time before it was reconstructed again.

To the left of the temple is the Three-story Stone Pagoda (Treasure No. 473). On a stone pedestal, the body and roof of the pagoda are each made out of a single piece of stone, and the corners are shaped into wide columns. Overall, the design of the pagoda is simple and somewhat rustic, placing the construction period to sometime in the Goryeo Dynasty. At the entrance to Beopgyesa, the metal stake that the Japanese had driven into the top of Cheonwangbong Peak is on display.

Since Beopgyesa is located right below Cheonwangbong Peak, it is not easily accessible. From the starting point of Jungsalli (Kalbawi) course at Jungsan-ri Hiking Information Center, it takes about two-and-a-half hours to walk. Approaching from Cheonwangbong Peak, it takes about one to one-and-a-half hours.

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