Kuksa Hall, Songgwangsa

Kuksa Hall, Songgwangsa

Kuksa Hall ('National Priest Hall')
Temple of Songgwangsa, Korea
Photograph by Kernbeisser, 2008

Kuksa Hall is one of the oldest wooden buildings still existing in Korea. Built in the 15th century, it contains the portraits of 16 famous priests who came from the temple.

One of the Three Jewel Temples, Songgwangsa ('Spreading Pine Temple') in South Jeolla Province represents the Buddhist community (sangha). Founded by the monk Chinul in the late 12th century, the Zen temple of Songgwangsa is located on Jogye Mountain.