Beomeosa Temple A Shrine With Golden Well
Beomeosa Temple is a main shrine of Korean Buddhism of Jogye Order in Cheongnyong-dong. The Temple is built on slopes, it is one of the most known urban temples. This temple is considered as most revered and greatest Korean Temple constructed by a Monk during Silla Kingdom. Presently, the temple is considered as one of the sacred and greatest shrines to be visited.
About the Shrine
The temple was constructed by Monk Ui Sang in year 678 during King Munmu’s ruling tenure of Silla Kingdom. It is located on slopes Mount Geumjeongsan in Busan. It is believed that there is a huge rock at the summit destination, where there is a well, the well is considered as a Golden well, as it never dries up. The Water of the well is considered as a special and magical. The word Beomeosa, ‘Beom’ means nirvana, and ‘eo’ means fish while ‘sa’ means temple, thus the temple came to be known as ‘Heavenly Fish’. It is also said that the fish came from heaven, in the Buddhist state of non-suffering. Hence the temple is also known as Nirvana Play.
The temple was destroyed during the Japanese invasion in the year 1592- 1598. It was rebuilt in the year 1602, but was again destroyed by accidental fire, then its restoration and reconstruction work carried out in the year 1614 till 1713. Originally, the temple belonged to Hwaeom Sect. Presently, the temple is considered as one of the major temples of Avatamsaka School.
Landscape Surrounding It!
The landscape surrounding Beomeosa Temple and Mount Geumjeongsan is known as ‘3-extraordinary site’ and ‘eight scenic wonders of Mount Geumjeongsan’. The three sites are Rock peak after Wonhyoam Hermitage, 2 chicken rock shape at Gyemyeongam Hermitage and the popular golden well on top of Mount Geumjeongsan.
The temple complex has several treasures site (building and other objects) to visit.
- Treasure 434– The main hall of the temple, it was built in 1614, when the temple was burned down during the Japanese invasion.
- Treasure 250– The Three storey Pagoda which dated back to Unified Shilla, it was erected as original part of temple, which was destroyed by accidental fire.
- Tangible Cultural Asset 16– It is a ‘Stone Lamp’, it dated back to the Unified Shilla era and was part of the original temple.
- Tangible Cultural Asset 15– It is a Flag Pole Holder, it is called ‘jiju’ which is two old stone used to support flagpole. The can be seen on the path of the main gate of the Beomeosa main gate.
- Tangible Culture Asset 2– It is the first gate called One Pillar Gate- IIjumun. It can be seen from side gate which appears as supported by single pillar. It symbolizes the truth path of enlightenment which supports the world.
Also known as Pusan, it is the second largest city after Seoul. The city covers an area of 763.48 m square, with a population of 3,657,840. The city is gaining popularity as a tourist attraction.
How to Reach?
It is connected with Gimhae International Airport, which is connected to other major cities like Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoa and so with frequent flights to Manila, Bangkok, Shangai and so.
Ferry route is connected to several places. The Busan International Ferry terminal connects Hiroshima, Hitakatsu, Kokura, Osaka and so on.