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Silsangsa Temple, Namwon

남원 실상사 ( 南原 實相寺 )

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Classification Historic Site
Name of Cultural Properties Silsangsa Temple, Namwon
Quantity 278,989㎡
Designated Date 1984.10.19
Age Silla
Address 33-3, Ipseok-ri, Sannae-myeon, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do and others

This designation covers Silsangsa, a Buddhist temple at the base of the northern face of Mt. Jirisan, and Baekjangam and Yaksuam, two hermitages located nearby. Silsangsa was founded in 828 (the 3rd year of King Heungdeok’s reign of Silla Dynasty) by the Buddhist monk Jeunggak Daesa. Sucheol Daesa and Pyeonun Daesa, two of his disciples, were also from this temple. The temple was consumed by fire during the second Japanese Invasion of 1597 and was, thereafter, left in ruins for nearly two hundred years with the monks affiliated to it staying at Baekjangam Hermitage. The temple was rebuilt in Sukjong’s reign. The temple, currently at this site, was constructed during Gojong’s reign, when it again suffered fire damage, in a smaller scale than the original one. Three sanctuaries, including Bogwangjeon Hall, Yaksajeon Hall and Myeongbujeon Hall, stand on the temple grounds. Silsangsa, together with the two hermitages nearby, has many cultural heritage designated as a National Treasure or Treasure such as Three-story Stone Pagoda at Baekjangam Hermitage (National Treasure No. 10), Stupa of Buddhist Monk Sucheol (Treasure), Stone Lantern (Treasure), East and West Three-story Stone Pagodas (Treasure No. 37), and Bronze Incense Burner with Silver-inlaid Design of Baekjangam Hermitage (National Treasure). Outside the temple, near its entrance, there are several stone guardian posts, including Sangwonjujanggun (Folklore cultural heritage).