Hwagyesa Temple, which falls under the Chogye Order of Korean Buddhism, is located at the foot of Mt. Samgaksan in Suyu-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul. Although it is located in the city of Seoul, the beautiful surrounding mountains and landscapes create a serene atmosphere to escape urban life.
It was built in 1522 AD (the seventeenth year of the reign of King Jungjong of the Joseon Dynasty) by monk Shinwol, but was destroyed in a fire in 1618. In 1866 (the third year of the reign of King Gojong), it was rebuilt through financial support from his royal elders.
The temple was built in an early architectural style and has Daeungjeon, a main sanctuary (Tangible Cultural Asset No. 65), Myeongbujeon shrine, Samseonggak pavilion, Cheonbulobaekseongjeon shrine, a temple bell pavilion, Bohwaru tower, and Hakseoru tower.
A small water spring, named Oktakcheon and located in the valley (Hwagyegol) beside Hwagyesa Temple, is famous for supernatural healing powers of skin and stomach diseases. The legend says this spring was formed from crows pecking away at the rocks.
117, Hwagyesa-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul[Google Map]
N/A (open all year round)
How To Use
Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3.
- Transfer to Bus 2 and get off at Hansin Univ.
Bus Stop (한신대학교).
- Hwagyesa Temple is about 580m away from the bus stop.
Bus 104, 109 or 144 to Suyu 1 dong office (수유1동 사무소).
Take Bus 101,
152, 410 or 1165 to Hansin Univ. (한신대학교).
Facilities for the Handicapped:
expguide: [Temple Stay]
Buddhist service, meditation, forest walking, 108 Bows, Tea Ceremony, Chanting, etc.
※ Inquiries: Temple stay administration office +82-2-900-4326
infocenter: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-902-2663