Jeondeungsa Temple(전등사) is located on Ganghwa Island(강화도), which has been a historically significant place from the time of ancient Joseon(고조선) (i.e. the birth of the Korean people), until the present day. So naturally, the atmosphere is quite different than other places as you make your way up to the temple. After you get out of your car and start to make your way up the mountain, you’ll notice that it’s totally encircled by a fortress. This is the Samnang Fortress(삼랑성), which was designed to help protect the land from foreign invaders.
Jeondeungsa currently has a Daeoongbojeon(대웅보전,Main Buddha Hall), Yaksajeon (약사전,Medicine Buddha Hall), and giant temple bell, among other cultural treasures. One interesting story is that on one of the eaves of the Main Buddha Hall there is the figure of a naked woman, presumably carved by the broken-hearted carpenter whom she had scorned.