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The trace of classical architecture at the edge of Geumgangsan-Geonbongsa
Geonbongsa Temple at the end of Mt. Geumgangsan is an old temple made in Beopheunwang(520). It's one of the Korean top 4 temples which led 9 branch temples such as Seoraksa, Sinheungsa, and Baekdamsa Temple.
It is a vestige of the defense of the fatherland that was also the rebellion place of warrior monks during the Japanese invasion of Korea. At its peak time it was supposed to be a great Buddhist temple of 3,183 kans, but most of it has been lost over the Korean War. Recently the restoration of the Geonbongsa Temple and the temple is at work. Buddha's Jinsinchiasari that Silla's Jajangyulsa brought from the Dang dynasty, Burimun(cultural property number 35 in Gangwon-do) which has a Geumgangje(a kind of weapon that guards against evil things) carved on it, Neungpagyo of a exquisite architectural form, a stone pillar with the design of Baramil carved and more remain in the old temple site of Geonbongsa Temple(monument number 51 in Gangwon-do).
  Jinsinchiasari (sacred relics of the Buddha)
Japanese soldiers plundered them during Japanese invasion in 1592. But Samyeong-daesa(a revered Buddhist monk) brought them back when he came back to Korea from Japan as an ambassador.
JNeungpagyo shaped of rainbow: There is a beautiful stone pillar shaped of rainbow when people go from Daeungjeon to an old temple site. The upper layer of it shapes a semicircle with lozenge-shaped stones. The figure looks mysterious.(Treasures 1336)
Budobat(a budo patch): There are 60 stupas and people can guess the scale of old Geonbongsa.
Burimun : It means people devote themselves to Buddhism with whole mind. (Gangwon-do cultural properties materials 35)
all through the year free Geonbongsa Temple
No local buses, take a taxi at Ganseong terminal
(prior reservation necessary for the use of inspection bus)