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Yeongsanjeon Hall of Songgwangsa Temple, Suncheon
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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Yeongsanjeon Hall of Songgwangsa Temple, Suncheon
Quantity 1 building
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Middle Joseon Period
Address Songgwangsa Temple 100, Songgwangsaan-gil, Songgwang-myeon, Suncheon, Jeollanam-do

Songgwangsa Temple, located in Jogyesan Mountain, is one of three major temples in Korea. The name originated from Songgwangsan, the old name of Jogyesan Mountain. There is no precise record saying when the temple was built, but there is a record that it was constructed by Chejing in late Silla. According to the record of the temple, this hall was built in 1639, the 17th year of the reign of King Injo, and repaired in 1736, the 12th year of the reign of King Yeongjo. The current building was repaired in 1973. Yeongsanjeon Hall is enshrined with a Buddha statue and has a palsangdo, a picture depicting the life of Buddha in 8 stages. There is also a picture of yeonsandaehoe, depicting a sermon of Buddha, together with a Buddha statue. The hall consists of 3-kan (a unit of measurement referring to the distance between two columns) front space and 2-kan side space. It has a hip and gable roof called paljakjibung. The brackets which support the eaves of the roof are set up not only on the pillars but also between them. This is called dapo (multiple column-heads) style. Despite its small size, the column-heads are assembled and raised in a heavy tone. It is thought that there was an intention to project a solemn exterior. The detailed technique of making the column-heads shows the strong, simple characteristics of the early Joseon Dynasty. Even though it is small and stands on a small site, it is a beautiful building and is an important asset for research in construction history.