Haeinsa Temple, together with Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan
and Songkwangsa Temple in Sungju, is one of the three representative
temples in Korea. Built during the reign of King Aejang of the Silla
Kingdom (802 AD), the temple is nestled in Mt. Gaya National Park.
It is famous for the Tripitaka
Koreana, 81,258 wooden printing
blocks engraved on both sides.
It is the world's most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures
which date back to the 13th century. The Tripitaka Koreana preserved
in impeccable condition testifies to outstanding achievements of
medieval Koreans in science and technology, especially printing
In addition, the temple houses 20-odd treasure items, designated
as cultural properties. Hongnyudong Valley, which stretches from
the entrance to Mt. Gayasan to Haeinsa Temple, commands a superb
view. The temple is easily accessible by the road that runs deep
into the area. Haeinsa Temple is one of UNESCO's World Heritages,
that are not only Korean national assets but mankind's timeless
treasures as well.
The Tripitaka Koreana