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Destinations Hwasun-gun

Hwasun harbors two famous temples known for their abundance of pagodas and statues of Buddha: Unjusa Temple and Ssangbongsa Temple. The marvelous temples currently contain as many as 120 figures and pagodas. Every fall, Unjusa Temple hosts a large-scale festival, and visitors flock to this area to enjoy other spots such as the Dogok Hot Springs and the exotic Yeomsotang (goat stew).

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  • Unjusa Temple
    Address :
    Yonggang-ri/Daecho-ri, Doam-myeon, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Unjusa Temple is unlike other temples in that it has unusual Buddha statues and pagodas - it is often referred to as a mysterious temple. The founder of Unjusa Temple is not known but it is speculated that it was built during the Silla Period(BC 57-935). Unjusa does not have a Geumgangmun or Cheonwangmun, which are very often seen in Buddhist temples. The first thing you see when you enter Unjusa is the 9-story stone pagoda (National Treasure no. 796). The tower, again, does not have intricate designs, and is very simple. If you walk a bit from the 9-story pagoda, you come across a forked road. Go left, and you will see Chilseong Rock. Because it resembles the 7 stars of the Big Dipper, some people argue that the rock is imitating the constellation. Follow the same road further and you will see two Buddha statueS, called Wabul, where Buddha is reposed on the side, lying down. These statues are, among the ones in Unjusa Temple, the most intricate in design and execution. Go up a bit further, and you will see the Siwibul Statue standing. Pass Siwibul Statue through the thick groves, you will come to 7-story stone pagodas and 5-story stone pagodas. What makes the stone pagodas of Unjusa Temple interesting to examine is that they each have some unique designs.
    Directions :
    Bus --> At Gwangju Bus Terminal --> From outside Gwangcheon Terminal, take Bus No. 318, or No. 218 headed to Unju.
    Train --> At Gwangju Station --> From outside Gwangcheon Terminal, take Bus No. 318, or No. 218 headed to Unju.
    If coming from Gwangju, get off at Hwasun Station --> From outside Gwangcheon Terminal, take bus No. 318, or No. 218 headed to Unju.

    Information :
    Hours: 07:30-17:30
    - Admission Fee :
      (age 20 and older) : 1,300 won ,
      (age 14-19 )-1,000 won ,
      (age 13 and under) : 700 won
      (age 20 and older)-1,300 won ,
      (age 14-19 )-700 won ,
      (age 13 and under)-400 won
      (group : 30 or more people)
    Parking Fee: free-space for about 30 buses, 100 cars
    Inquiries : Unjusa Temple, Tel : (061)374-0548 (Kor)
    Homepage (Kor)

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