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Baegyangsa Temple and Baekhakbong Peak, Jangseong

장성 백양사 백학봉 ( 長城 白羊寺 白鶴峰 )

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Classification Scenic Site
Name of Cultural Properties Baegyangsa Temple and Baekhakbong Peak, Jangseong
Quantity 584,364㎡(Designated Area)
Designated Date 2008.02.05
Address San 115-1, Yaksu-ri, Bukha-myeon, Jangseong-gun, Jeollanam-do

Baegyangsa Temple in Jangseong-gun, Jeollanam-do is the head temple of the 18th Parish of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order. Aside from its long history, the temple is known for the pristine natural scenery surrounding the compound of classical halls and pavilions. In particular, the Daeungjeon Hall and the rock walls and plants around Baekhakbong Peak at the back have earned the temple its reputation as one of the eight greatest sceneries in all of Korea. Baegamsan Mountain, where the temple is nestled, is especially famous for its breathtaking maples in autumn. The mountain is a natural reserve featuring some 1,500 species of flora and fauna, including the Forest of Japanese Torreyas at Baegyangsa Temple, designated as Natural Monument No. 153. The temple drew many luminaries during the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties, who left behind writings praising its scenic beauty. Among them were Jeong Do-jeon (1342-1398), who wrote Jeongtosa gyorugi (Record on Jeongtosa Temple), Yi Saek (1328-1396, pen-name: Mokeun), Jeong Mong-ju (1337-1392, pen-name: Poeun), Kim In-hu (1510-1560, pen-name: Haseo), Park Sun (1523-1589, pen-name: Saam), and Song Sun (1493-1583, pen-name: Myeonangjeong). Today, the temple is known as a haven for photographers. The elegant roof lines of the main hall as viewed against Baekhakbong Peak and the image of the peak and Ssanggyeru Pavilion reflected on a pond in front of the pavilion are scenic gems.