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Hwaeomsa Temple

    Hwaeomsa is situated against the backdrop of Chirisan Mountain, 5.4 km
    east of Gurye-up.  It is said to have been first founded by Buddhist
    Priest Yeongijosa in the 5th year of King Jinheung-wang of the Shilla
    Kingdom (544).  The temple was repaired and renovated many times during
    the subsequent Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties.  All of the buildings were
    burnt down and numerous priceless relics destroyed during the Japanese
    invasions (1592-1598) of Korea.  The temple was restored in a 7 year
    project initiated by Priest Byeogamdaesa in the 39th year of King
    Seonjo of the Joseon Kingdom (1606), but it could not equal its
    previous grandeur.  However, some of the stone lanterns and stone
    pagodas are suggestive of its pre-destruction size and state lines.
    Gakhwangjeon Hall is so valued that it has been designated a National
    Treasure. Beside it, the world's tallest(6.4m high) stone lantern
    (Nat'l Treasure No.12), and a three story stone pagoda which is
    supported by four lions (Nat'l Treasure No. 35) are stand. Daeungjon
    Hall, Nat'l Treasure No.299, reflects the artistic splendor of the
    Joseon Kingdom. Famous places and breath-taking scenery are found
    throughout spectacular Jirisan Nat'l Park. 

Managed by : 
   South Office of Mt. Chirisan Nat'l Park (Tel. 061-782-9636)
   Hwaeomsa temple (Tel. 061-782-7600)

Admission fee(Won)  : 
            Adult     Youth    Children
Individual  2,700     1,600    1,100
Group       2,700     1,300      850

Parking lot : one (32,219 sq.m, capacity of 108 buses and 362 cars)

Parking fee : 4,000won for car/ 4,500 won for van/ 6,000 won for bus

Hiking courses : Hwaeomsa Temple -> Hwaeomsagol Valley 
     -> Nogodansanjang cottage (10 km, 4h 40m)

Facilities : observation platform, resting place, drinking fountains,
             kiosks, restaurants, grocery stores, souvenir shops

Local Transportation : 
  Type/Course                Time          Frequency     Duration
  (direct bus)
  Namwon-Hwaeomsa temple     07:00-19:20   30 mins       1 hour  
  Gurye-Hwaeomsa temple      05:30-20:40   20 mins       20 mins
  Busanseobu-Hwaeomsa temple 06:40-17:00   1 hours       3 hours 20 mins
  Gwangju-Hwaeomsa temple    07:15-16:50   9times/day    1 hour 50 mins
  Jeonju-Hwaeom temple       07:00-18:10   20 mins       3 hours 30 mins

  (local bus) 
  Yeosu-Hwaeomsa temple      07:25-15:07   5times/day    2 hours 20 mins

  Gurye-Hwaeomsa temple                    frequently    10mins
                                           (costs 4,000won)  
Road information: 
  1)Seoul -> Daejeon -> Jeonju -> Dongrimgyo bridge -> Songchiri
    -> National road No.19 -> 2km -> Bamjae tunnel -> 18km
    -> Gurye-eup -> Cross Seosigyo bridge and turn left 
    and then go straight(National road No.18) -> Hwaeomsa parking lot
    -> 2.1km -> Hwaeomsa temple

  2)Busan -> Namgae express highway -> 120km -> Hadong 
    -> National road No.19 -> 36.5km -> Gurye-eup 
    -> Cross Seosigyo and turn left and then go straight
    (National road No.18) -> Parking lot

  3)Gwangju -> Honam express highway -> Gokseong -> 9.5km -> Gokseong-eup
    -> National road No.17 -> 15km -> Abnok -> National road No.17
    -> 8km -> Gyulgyuyok -> National road No.18 -> 5.5km
    -> Gurye-eup -> Cross Seosigyo and turn left and then go straight
    (National road No.18) -> Parking lot
Accommodations : Accommodations at the entrance to the temple can be used.
  Name                  Tel.(061)    Roomcharge         
  Jiisan Plaza Hotel    782-2171     85,000~390,000
  Jirisan Park Hotel    782-9881
  Jirisan prince Motel  782-0740~3   30,000~ 70,000

(Minbak-private home lodging)
  1) Hwangjeon(nearby Hwaeomsa temple) area
     Yang, Jae-jin (7rooms, 782-6486), Kim, Seong-yeob (7rooms, 782-5839),
     Jo, Yeon-sik (9rooms, 782-7642), Kim, Gwang-pyo (9rooms, 782-4671),
     Kim, Mal-sun (9rooms, 782-4429), Jeon, Sang-mu (12rooms, 782-4156),
     Kim, Seong-do (8rooms, 782-2881), Lee, Sang-mo (9rooms, 782-4927)
     and additional 45places 204rooms 

  2) Piagol valley, Yeongoksa temple area
     Kim, Hyeon-deok (15rooms, 782-8106), Gang,Do-hyeon (16rooms, 782-1129)
     Kim, Seon-min (11rooms, 782-7449), Gang, Man-seok (10rooms, 782-7897)
     Lee, Jeong-un (4rooms, 782-7949) and additional 15places 122rooms

  3) Toji Pyeongdo area
     Gang, In-gi (10rooms, 782-7433), Son, Mun-sik (12rooms, 782-7769),
     Son, Yun-gi (17rooms, 782-4034), Kim, Seong-hwan (15rooms, 782-7444)
     and additional 18places 63rooms

  4) Ganjeon Jungdae area
     Lee, Gang-han (5rooms, 782-6392), Park, In-su (6rooms, 781-5137),
     Park,Hong-seok (2rooms, 782-3440), Kim,Seong-hwan(15rooms, 782-7444) 
     and additional 10places 27rooms

  5) Sandong Sangwi area
     Gu, Taek-geun (4rooms, 783-1356), Gu, Yeong-bon(2rooms, 783-1132),
     Yu, Nam(2rooms, 783-1436), Gu, Ja-won (2rooms, 783-1284)
     and additional 13places 27rooms

  6) Sandong Simwon area
     Lee, Mu-ik (10rooms, 781-5414), Song, Jin-hong(8rooms, 781-6226),
     Min, Yeong-pik(7rooms, 782-7453), Kim, Dong-hyeon (7rooms, 782-9110)
     and additional 6places 28rooms
  7) Sandong area
     26places 61rooms

(camp site)
  4km from hwaeomsa temple toward Nogodan (Capicity of 1,200 people)

Cultural properties : 
   Stone lamp in front of Gakhwangjon Hall (Nat'l Treasure No.12), 
   3-Story Stone Pagoda supported by four lions (National Treasure No. 35),
   Hwaeomsa temple Gakhwangjon hall (National Treasure No. 67),
   Hwaeomsa temple Gwoebultaeng (National Treasure No. 301),
   Hwaeomsa east,west five-story stone pagoda(National Treasure No.132,133)
   Hwaeomsa temple Daejunjeon hall (National Treasure No.299)
   Hwaeomsa Lion pagoda in front of Wontongjeon hall
   (National Treasure No.300)
   Hwaeomsa stone bell (National Treasure No.1040)
   Hwaeomsa cherry tree (Naturl monument No.38)
   Hwaeomsa bojaeru (Jeonnam tangible cultural property No.49)
   Hwaeomsa 9 story stone lamp (Jeonnal tangible cultural property No.132)

Folk Festivals : Mt. Jirisan Mineral Water Springs Festival (April)

Local products : acorn jelly, medicinal herbs, tree sap

Nearby tourist spots : Cheon-unsa Temple, Taeansa Temple, Mt. Jirisan
                       Nat'l Park

Update in August, 2000