Haeinsa Temple

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 and publishing.

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