Temple was built by Buddhist Priest Uisangdaesa(see Pirosa
Temple) in 676 A.D.
He was ordered to build it by King Munmu in the 16th year of his
reign. It is located on a mid-slope of Mt. Ponghwangsan. It
was at this temple that the priest initiated the Hwaom order of
The temple houses such Shilla
Kingdom artifacts as a stone altar, stone lantern and three-story
stone pagoda. It also contains Muryangsujon
Hall and Chosadang Hall built during the Koryo
one of the oldest wooden structures in Korea.
The Koryo wall mural at Chosadang Hall is the oldest painting in
Korea. The only Amit'a Buddha of the Koryo Dynasty is preserved
in this temple.