The head temple of the Seon Buddhism, Jinkwansa or Jinkwan temple, was previously known for being one of four great temples in the outskirts of Seoul, together with Bulamsa in the east, Sammaksa in the south, and Seunggasa in the north.
It is said that Ven. Wonhyo (617-686C.E.), one of the leading thinkers, writers and commentators of the Korean Buddhist tradition. may have originally founded a temple called Shinhyeolsa in this location.
During the Goryeo Dynasty, King Hyeonjong (1011 C.E.) founded the temple and named it Jinkwansa, in order to repay the kindness of a monk named Ven. Jinkwan, who saved his life.
In 2009, while repairing the Chilseongjeon (Hall of the Seven Stars), some precious materials which are related to the Korean independence movement, were found. This incident brought sincere examination on the role the temple played during the dark period in the history.
The temple is not only neighbor to the beautiful surrounding of Bukhansan National Park, but also contains an impressive collection of cultural and historical properties. It also provides a quiet place for urbanites to enjoy all the while sharing the teachings of Buddha.
Jinkwan Temple, has been renowned for its ‘Temple Food’ for more than 1,000 years. It has welcomed many diplomats and foreigners living in Korea or visiting the country.
Jinkwan is offering templestay programs for foreigners.