Stone tortoise supporting an edict pillar
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.