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Manyeonsa Temple
It is said that this temple was constructed by Manyeonsunsa, a great monk, in the 4th year of King Heuijong of Koryo Dynasty (1208) after having a dream while taking a nap on the way to traveling to southern regions after crossing Jubong of Mudeongsan Mountain for returning Songgwangsa Temple of Jogyesan Mountain after completion of his meditation in Wonhyosa Temple in Mudeongsan Mountain.
  • Location
  • Dongu-ri, Hwasun-eup, Hwasun-eup, Jeollanam-do

The dream was the one where 16 Nahans, Buddha's disciples, have a meeting to make a plan to construct a temple to keep a statue of the Buddha. After waking up from the nap and looking around, the snow was falling and the nearby surroundings became full of white but only the snow nearby place where he lied on melted and it was steaming. Right after then, he constructed a dugout there and cultivated himself morally and religiously. Meanwhile, he established Manyeonsa Temple. Prior to the break of Korean War, the temple was a big one having 3 main buildings, 8 rooms, a big turret, a gate of the Four Devas and Samcheonggak, a house.
In addition, as annexed small temples, there are Hakdangam, Chimgyeam, Dongrimam and Yeonhyeolam and all of them were destroyed in Korean War and, after 1978, Daeungjeon (main building), Nahanjeon, Myeongbujeon, Hansanjeon and Yosachae (dormitory) were restored and there are also small temples of Seonjeongam and Sungjuam. In the precincts of the shrine, there is a Hanging Painting, No. 185 of cultural properties designated by the county which was painted in 1783.
Once when the father of Scholar Jeong Yak-young started his new post as Hwasun Hyeongam, Jeong lived in Dongrimam of Manyeonsa Temple and Imbangwool, a great singer of traditional songs, lived once here and strived for polishing up his voice.
At the site 2km apart from eastern part of the temple, there is Manyeonpokpo Falls and the temple is surrounded by silent forest and waters of valleys enough to attract holiday public