Tongdosa Temple, Yangsan

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Tongdosa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and in the southern part of Mt. Chiseosan near Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
Tongdosa is one of the Three Jewels Temples and represents Gautama Buddha. (Haeinsa, also in South Gyeongsang Province, represents the dharma or Buddhist teachings; and Songgwangsa in South Jeolla Province represents the sangha or Buddhist community.)
Tongdosa is famous because there are no statues outside of the Buddha at the temple because the "real shrines of the Buddha" (relics) are preserved at Tongdosa. Courtyards at the temple are arrayed around several pagodas that house the Buddha's relics.
Tongdosa was established by the monk Jajang after returning from Tang China in 646, during the reign of Queen Seondeok of Silla. It thrived throughout the Later Silla and Goryeo periods, when Buddhism was the state religion, and remained strong even during Joseon.
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  • Well worth the effort to get here, yes it is a bit out of the way, but when you see this beautiful temple you will forget about the journey, great hiking trails all around, fantastic areas for picnics...  more »
  • We have been to Tongdosa temple today. It was quite an adventure to get there (metro to Busan bus terminal), 20 minutes in a nice bus and 1,5km beautiful walk. It was all worth it! We have tried in ad...  more »
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