Simwonsa (Yontan)

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For the temple in Pakchon, North Pyongan, see Simwonsa (Pakchon).
Chosŏn'gŭl 심원사
Revised Romanization Simwonsa
McCune–Reischauer Simwŏnsa

Simwŏn-sa is a Korean Buddhist temple located in Yŏntan-gun, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea. The temple contains one of the oldest wooden buildings in North Korea, as well as a famous peach tree and stupas from the late Koryo dynasty.

  • Pogwang Hall (보광전/普光殿)

Built in 1374, is the fourth oldest wooden building in North Korea, and houses a painting by the famous Neo-Confucian scholar Yi Saek. The hall is notable for its elaborate doors decorated with carved lotus blossoms, fish, birds, and snakes.

  • Ungjin Hall (응진전/雄津殿)

The former monk's dormitory, this simple hall now houses the complex's caretakers.

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