• Bongbok Temple
  • Bongbok Temple

Hoengseong-gun. According to the records kept in this temple, a Buddhist monk, Master Jajangyulsa built this Temple in 647 (16th year of Silla Dynasty Queen Sunduk's reign), established a five-story stone pagoda and named the temple Bongboksa. In 652 (6th year of Queen Jinduk's reign), Naksudae and Chunjinam hermitages were built and in 669 (9th year of King Munmu's reign) the temple was destroyed so Master Wonhyojosa repaired the temple in 11th and 12th year of King Dong's reign. In 1034 (3rd year of Goryeo Dynsty King Dukjong's reign), Dosolarm Temple and Naksuam Temple were destroyed. In 1747 (23rd year of Joseon Dynasty King Yeongjo's reign), Master Seogokseonsa repaired the temple but it was destroyed again in 1907.

Stone sculptures, millstones and pieces of roof tiles are scattered around the temple. The tree branch design and geometric patterns engraved on the square roof tiles indicate that the tiles are from Goryeo Dynasty period to Joseon Dynasty period. There are 1 stele and 7 budo or stupas at the entrance of the temple and all the stupas are from the late Joseon Dynasty period.

Bongboksa Temple Budo (Stupa) No. 1
Originally there were 6 stupas in Bongboksa Temple but a new stupa was built in 1988 and this stupa is said to hold the 14 sariras of Master Seowoon. On a square stylobate, there is a lotus-shaped platform, a globular mid-section and on top of that there is an octagonal roof stone. The total length of this stupa is 143㎝.
Bongboksa Temple Budo No. 2
This octagonal stupa is the stupa of Master Sugokdang Changyeon (1702~1768). Master Sugokdang repaired Bongboksa Temple in 1747 (23rd year of Joseon Dynasty King Yeongjo's reign) and he stayed at Bongboksa Temple and Sutasa Temple and entered Parinirvana at Sutasa Temple. Master Sugokdang left two saririas and they were placed in Bonkboksa Temple and Sutasa Temple. The stupa and stele for Master Sugokdang still remain at Sutasa Temple. This stupa no. 2 has a stone stylobate and a hexagonal mid-platform. On the lower part of this mid-platform, a phrase that says, ‘Seogokdangtap (Seogokdang's stupa)' is engraved on it. The upper-platform is also hexagonal and lotus patters are engraved on its sides. On top of this upper-platform, there is a globular body. The roof stone and upper body were made into one and this section is also hexagonal but is bigger than the body section of the stupa, showing slight imbalance in the overall figure. The total length of this stupa is 161㎝.
Bongboksa Temple Budo No. 3
This bell-shaped stupa has a little orb-like upper body and a phrase that says, ‘Wonmyungdangtap' is engraved at the center of the stupa's body. The total length of this stupa is 106㎝.
Bongboksa Temple Budo No. 4
This a bell-shaped stupa that has a hexagonal platform and the name of this stupa is unknown. The body of the stupa is globular but the mid-section of the body has four flat sides. The upper section of the body has a sharp shape. The total length of this stupa is 145㎝.
Bongboksa Temple Budo No. 5
At the center of the body of this bell-shaped stupa, it says, ‘Seoamdangtap'. The total length of this stupa is 130㎝.
Bongboksa Temple Budo No. 6
On a natural rock foundation, a globular platform was placed and a bell-shaped body section was placed on top of the platform. The upper stone on top of the body is small and low. The name of this stupa is unknown. The total length of this stupa is 130㎝.
Bongboksa Temple Budo No. 7
This globular stupa has a foundation stone and a hexagonal lower platform. Lotus patterns are engraved on each side of the upper part of this lower platform. The mid-platform and upper-platform are also hexagonal but there aren't any patterns engraved on them. The body section of this stupa has a globular shape and it has a upper stone and a roof stone on top of it. The roof stone is perfect in size and this stupa shows the best balance among all 7 stupas. The total length of this stupa is 170㎝. <Stele> The lower platform is currently covered in the ground and the exact size of it is unknown. The stele is seriously damaged and the engraved letters on it are illegible. The stele is 55cm high, 36cm wide and 15cm thick.