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Address: 122, Haeinsa-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-Gun, Gyeongsangnam-do 50200, South Korea
Phone Number: 055-934-3000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The depository of Tripitaka Koreana, the famous collection of Buddhist...

The depository of Tripitaka Koreana, the famous collection of Buddhist texts on woodblocks.

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Watch a monk bang a drum...enough said

I read plenty about Haeinsa and felt compelled to go. Haeinsa is simply a must not miss when in Korea. The temple is not only filled with rich history, but it's nestled in a lush... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

I read plenty about Haeinsa and felt compelled to go. Haeinsa is simply a must not miss when in Korea. The temple is not only filled with rich history, but it's nestled in a lush landscape (particularly in the fall) and the monks are very hospitable. From chanting in the temple to hiking, Haeinsa is a great place to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This famous temple is a must if you are in the Gayasan National Park area. As the matter of fact the hiking trails connect the temple with the local mountain peaks. We came via rental car and had to pay a fee at the Park gate. After parking near the temple complex the rest of the exploration is on foot.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

I participated in the relaxed temple stay program on Oct and it was a great experience. I was the only non Korean speaker among the group on that day of stay. I was given a brief but informative tour of the temple in English and even during the chat with a senior monk, the staff was there to offer translation... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Quite place, beautiful view. When I went to the temple, the local girl invited me to watch the activity: Monks beat drums. It's the experence I never tried before, deeply impressed. And also the temple has 80000+ buddhist woodblocks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This millenary old temple is a national treasure and is a symbol of Korean Buddhism. It is a Buddhist holy place located on high ground of 400 meters above sea level at Gaya Mountain. The most significant Buddhist sacred texts, the Tripitaka Koreana, are housed here. The grounds are beautiful and serene and the buildings are masterfully preserved. Do not... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

One of Korea's primary temples, the complex is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, one of the world’s most significant Buddhist sacred texts, carved into 80000 woodblocks. The fact that they are locked away and visitors can't see them close-to did not detract from the magic of our visit. We caught the bus from Daegu’s Seobu (West) intercity bus terminal, reached... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We love everything that have UNESCO words in it and Heinsa is one of them. We choose heinsa for our temple stay program since the temple house Tripikata Koreana and we are glad that we had a glimpse of it. The temple complex is huge, quite and amazingly beautiful. Living like a monk for a night, praying at 3.30 am... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Haeinsa Temple is in a large mountain park that has some very nice natural things to see. I suggest to do a temple stay here so you can soak up the area. I believe it is less than $50 a person ( food included ) ( for a foreigner ) and you can stay the night, learn a lot, and... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Here is some background I found of this place. "Haeinsa is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea, and represents Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings. It is the home of home of the Tripitaka Koreana, the whole of the Buddhist Scriptures carved onto 81,350 wooden printing blocks, which it has housed since 1398."Tripotaka was added to the UNESCO World... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Words fail me when describing how humbling one feels when immersed in the immortality of this temple and the nearly incomprehensible human effort involved on creating and preserving the Tripitaka Koreana. The collection of over 80,000 printing wood blocks could be called a 1,000 year old Buddhist encyclopedia that weighs 280 tons and when placed in a line, its total... More 

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