Yongjusa – in Korean, it means “temple of the dragon with a magic ball”.
With a history as rich as its name and stretching back to the 10th century AD, Yongjusa is a major temple in the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism.
I had the chance to visit Yongjusa (located in the city of Hwaseong) on a recent trip with Invest Korea / KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency). During our trip, we visited a couple foreign-invested companies in Korea’s Gyeonggi region, before grabbing lunch in the countryside.
Needless to say, the fresh air, nature, and calm atmosphere was a welcome change from the usual hustle-and-bustle of Seoul.
After wrapping up lunch, we were back on the bus and on our way to Yongjusa.
Yongjusa was built after a previous temple standing in its place burnt down in the late 800s. Its name, “temple of the dragon with a magic ball”, was chosen after the King who built it had a dream before the construction began. In it, a dragon descended from the heavens holding a magic ball in its mouth.
The King Jeongju of Korea’s Joseon dynasty built the temple as a memorial and tomb to his late father.
Now, it’s a major cultural and historic site located in the city of Hwaseong, just south of Seoul…
You can get to Yongjusa through taking subway line #1 to Byeongjeom Station; about an hour and ten minute’s ride from Seoul.
Also, those interested in doing a Templestay at Yongjusa can find out more on their website here.