JeongamSa Temple in Gohan

5 04 2009

More local tourism, this time to the beautiful JeongamSa temple in Gohan, Jeongseon.

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This must be one of my favourite places in Korea. Its small, very peaceful and not at all crowded, a bit of a local secret I think.

I was first brought here by a Korean friend, May, and have visited a few times since.

First we had a delicious lunch of odeng and Kamjajeon at a famous restaurant at the junction point of Taebaek, Yeongwol and Jeongseon counties.

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The onto the temple. Parking in the carpark below the actual temple we walked up into the temple complex, stopping at the large carved granite Buddha on the way to wish for luck.

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There is still a small amount of snow and ice floating around, giving the stream a beautiful look as well as making the whole place look great.

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From JeongamSa Temple
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A short walk, around 5 or so minutes, and you reach the seven tiered pagoda made of stone imported from India. It was constructed 645 years ago (info from a friendly guy at the top) and contains one of Buddha’s bones making it a proper pagoda. Like most, its a shoes off affair with prayer mats provided for the devoted.

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From JeongamSa Temple
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Also like most temples, people make stupas of small rocks, as well as jamming rocks into anywhere they can.

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I think I’ve been here 4 or so times so far and still enjoy each and every time I visit. Being only 20 mins from home also helps. If you happen to be in the area, give it a visit.

I’ve heard that you get extra good luck if you tweak Buddha’s nipples.

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