Grand Monestary Built by Doseon-guksa
|Seonam-sa's most famous view -- entrance-pavilion framed by the old Seungsan-gyo stone bridge
|Seonam-sa's Ilchul-mun First Gate
the old Sanshin-do of Seonam-sa
is a standard but excellent antique, with a
comically folkish tiger.
Seonam-sa Monastery is located on the eastern
slope of Mt. Jogye-san Provincial Park, within the
northern Seungju-myeon District of Suncheon City.
Its summit Janggun-bong [Guardian General Peak] is
884 meters high. It's 12 km SE of Taean-sa and
25 km SE of Hwaeom-sa (both within the region of mighty
Jiri-san), and a key part of the Honam-Jeongmaek.
Recorded legend states that missionary-monk Ado
Hwasang built a hermitage on the eastern slope of
Jogye-san (at that time called Songgwang-san)
and named it Biro-am, in 529 CE (the 7th year of the
reign of Baekje King Seong). 350 years later National
Master Doseon-guksa constructed a grand temple
here and named it Seonam-sa, in 861. As the
head temple out of the "Sam-am-sa" trio (three
"rock" temples, Unam-sa, Yongam-sa, Seonam-sa), it
played a key role in the growth of Seon Buddhism,
and many masters have practiced, taught and
attained awakening here.
Today this important temple contains 19 Cultural
Properties in its halls and museum.
|The portrait of Doseon-guksa painted in the
18th Century, kept at Jogye-san Seonam-sa.
Seonam-sa monks performing a
"3 steps, one prostration" ritual, in
repentence-pilgrimage or protest.