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Ssanggyesa Temple

Korea Rural Heritage Association

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Located on the southern part of Jirisan Mountain, Ssanggyesa Temple is one of the most popular temples in the Jirisan area. The best time to visit this area is spring, as the 6km path from Hwagae market place to Ssanggyesa Temple is filled with blooming 600-year-old cherry blossom trees. Constructed by Monk Sambeob in the 23rd year of Silla King Seongdeok’s reign (722), it was originally called Okcheonsa Temple. The name was changed to Ssanggyesa Temple in 887. The original temple buildings were all destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598), with the current buildings having been erected in 1632.