Girimsa

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Girimsa
Daejeokgwangjeon at Girimsa-Gyeongju-Korea-03.jpg
Daejeokgwangjeon hall at Girimsa
Korean name
Hangul 기림사
Hanja 祗林寺
Revised Romanization Girimsa
McCune–Reischauer Kirimsa

Girimsa is a Buddhist temple located on the slopes of Mount Hamwolsan in Gyeongju city, the North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. It is a subsidiary temple of Bulguksa, the head temple of the 11th branch of Jogye Order.[1][2] The temple was first established by Monk Gwangyu from India as Imjeongsa (林井寺) in 643, the period of Queen Seondeok's reign (r. 632-647 AD) during the Silla kingdom period (57 BC–935 AD).[3]

After monk Wonhyo rebuilt the temple, the temple's name was changed to Girimsa which name derives from "Girim jeongsa" (祈園精舍), meaning the forest where Buddha resided. Once it was the biggest temple in the Gyeongju area until the mid-1940s, even having Bulguksa as its branch temple. However, the situation has been changed - while Bulguksa has thrived onwards, Girimsa has not due to the accessibility.[4] Yet, the temple consists of 16 buildings containing Daejeokgwangjeon hall (大寂光殿), Yaksajeon hall and Eungjinjeon hall and others. In addition to the buildings, Girimasa has relics such as Moktap Site, Three-Story Stone Pagoda and the lacquered Seated Mercy Bodhisattva of Girimsa Temple (Treasure No. 415).[3][5]

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  1. ^ http://eng.koreatemple.net/travel/view_temple.asp?temple_id=44
  2. ^ Martin Robinson, Andrew Bender, Rob Whyte, (2004) Korea Lonely PlanetPage 183 ISBN 1-74059-449-5
  3. ^ a b (in Korean) 기림사 祈林寺 (Girimsa) Nate / Encyclopedia of Korean Culture. Retrieved on July 31, 2009.
  4. ^ Extra programs International Symposium on New Frontier of Advanced Si-Based Ceramics and Composites
  5. ^ Major tour sites Kyeongbuk Tourism Development Corporation

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