Odae-san   Woljeong-sa
"Moon-Vitality Temple"
one of Korea's most important monasteries
in the Odae-san National Park
the holy Buddhist Five Platforms Mountains, Korean Home of Munsu the Bodhisattva of Wisdom
Still  Under  Construction
Further Odae-san Pages:

Introduction and parallels to China's Wutai-shan
Guksa-Seonghwang and San-shin Shrines of Daegwan-ryeong Pass
Sangwon-sa Temple
Jeokmul-bogung and Chungdae-bong Biro-bong Peak
Northern Peak and Mireuk-am Hermitage
Eastern Peak and Hermitage
Western Peak and Hermitage
Sogeumgang-gyegok, the famous "Little Diamond Mountains" Scenic-Valley
The great Korean Seon [Meditational Buddhism] Master Hyegeun Na-ong Hwasang
(1320-76) studied Seon under various masters in south China, and then
under the great Indian Master Dhyanabhadra
(the most important monk teaching in
China throughout the 14th century)
at Wutai-shan, where he met fellow student-monk
Jacho Muhak-daesa
(7 years younger).   Upon his return to Goryeo he became
abbot of Woljeong-sa here at Odae-san in 1360, and had a mystical experience of
Munsu-bosal.  In 1371 he became abbot of Yangju Hoeam-sa
(Muhak lived together
with him there)
, being simultaneously appointed Wangsa [Teacher of the King] and
head of Jogye Seon Order.  In 1376 he created the
Munsu-hoe [Association
dedicated to the Bodhisattva of Wisdom]
together with Muhak, but died soon afterwards.
Woljeong-sa's famous pagoda in the Winter
The famous Nine-storey Octagonal Pagoda and Kneeling Bodhisattva Statue in front of it,
National Treasure #48.  This 15.15-meter-tall masterpiece was built in the early Goryeo
Dynasty (10th-11th Cen),
possibly according to the Bibo-pungsu-jiri instructions left by Master
Doseon-guksa, and is claimed to enshrine within it 37 sarira relics of Sakyamuni Buddha.