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Hwaeomsa Temple - 화엄사 (華嚴寺) (reputedly founded 544, most buildings 17th century onward)

Hwaeomsa temple is the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It was reputedly founded in the year 544 by Yeongi Josa during the Silla dynasty. Although it contains a number of intact relics from the Silla era, including several stupas and stone lanterns, most of the temple buildings were destroyed during the war with Japan from 1592-98. The wooden buildings seen today were mostly built in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Address: 전남 구례군 마산면 황전리 12외.

Plan view

Image adapted and partially redrawn following Hangukui Geonchuk Munhwajae 9: Jeonnampyeon

Plan of Hwaeomsa Temple


The approximate location of the site is 35.256967' N, 127.497727' E (WGS 84 map datum).


All images copyright 2006 Timothy M. Ciccone

Cheon, Deuk-Youm & Jeon, Bong-Hee. Hangukui Geonchuk Munhwajae 9 (Architectural Heritage of Korea, volume 9).
  Kimoondang Publishers, 2001. Seoul

Korean Office of Cultural Properties

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Frank Tedesco, Ph.D. posted on Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:23 am:

Thanks for the informative site. However, Hwaomsa is NOT the head temple of the Jogye Order. It is headquarters of the 19th regional district or parish of the Jogye Order. The jogye Order head temple is Jogyesa in Seoul.

Charles O'Neill posted on Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:11 pm:

I visited this temple after a long hike on Jirisan. It is one of the most beautiful places I've been and appreciate it very much. I hope to return some day. Komsa hamnida