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Eight Scenic Views of Gwangju Buk-Gu

  • Wonhyosa Temple photo01
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  • Wonhyosa Temple photo03
It is located under the Wonhyo Peak, the northern foot of Mudeungsan Mountain. It is a branch temple of Songgwangsa Temple and it has been told that the temple was founded by Saint Wonhyo. When you climb up to Hoeamru, which is the pavilion located in the opposite side of Daewoongjeon, one can see the scenic beauty of old pine trees close, Euisangbong Peak with the fantastic shaped rocks, the towering Yunpilbong Peak on the right side of Euisangbong Peak and Chunwangbong Peak, the summit, far away all together. When one is sitting in the pavilion, all the rare rocks and light green leafs in spring and burning maple leaf trees and fantastic shaped rocks mingle together to make it feel like looking at a fine piece of an oriental painting. This is where one can get immersed in the beautiful scenery of Mudeungsan Mountain so many citizens visit here to take a rest. Also, there is the Mansusa Temple Bell, which has been designated as Gwangju Metropolitan City tangible cultural asset No. 15 at Mudeungseonwon Temple in the vicinity. This temple bell was made in the year 1709 at Mansusa Temple in Chuwolsan Mountain, Damyang and relocated after the Daewoongjeon Hall was reconstructed in 1954.
This temple bell was made in the year 1709 at Mansusa Temple in Chuwolsan Mountain, Damyang and relocated after the Daewoongjeon Hall was reconstructed in 1954. The Dongbudo, which has been designated as Gwangju Metropolitan City tangible cultural asset No. 7 is located 150 meters to the east of Mudeungseonwon Temple. The shape is octagonal round and judging by the sculpture on the base stone and roof stone, it is believed to be from the mid-Joseon Period. In this stone stupa, animals such as dragons, squirrels, birds, rats, etc. are engraved, making it very unique. The ‘Eight Scenic Views of Wonhyo’ has been orally transmitted from the past. These are; looking at the moon soaring up on top of Mudeung Mountain, fleecy cloud enwinding on Seoseokdae, legend of Chungjanggong in Sambat, Wonhyo Waterfall, the sound of the temple bell in Wonhyosa Temple, evening rain in Euisangbong Peak, Buddha in Anyangsa Temple, and the sound of the reed by the lumberjacks. Among the Eight Scenic Views, the delicate sound of the temple bell of Wonhyosa Temple is the best. In foggy days it has more classical grace.