Taejeokkwangjon (main prayer hall), Temple of Haeinsa

Taejeokkwangjon (main prayer hall), Temple of Haeinsa

Taejeokkwangjon (main prayer hall)
Temple of Haeinsa, Korea
Photograph by Lauren Heckler, 2008

One of the three principal Buddhist temples in Korea, known as the 'Three Jewel Temples', Haeinsa (Temple of Reflection on a Smooth Sea) in South Gyeongsang Province represents the Buddhist teachings (dharma). The oldest part of the temple is Janggyeong Panjeon, wooden storage halls that were constructed to house the Tripitaka Koreana, the most comprehensive collection of Korean Buddhist texts. Engraved on more than 80,000 wooden printing blocks, these texts are dated between 1237 and 1248.

Taejeokkwangjon was destroyed by fire and then rebuilt in 1817, with further repairs being carried out in 1971. It contains images of Vairocana (Cosmic Buddha) and attendant bodhisattvas, Manjusri and Samantabhadra.