Magoksa is the sixth major temple of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism Located at the valley of Taehwasan (Taehwa Mountain) in South Chungcheong Province.
The name Magoksa means the Temple of Hemp Valley: ‘Ma’ meaning Hemp, ‘Gok’ meaning Valley and ‘Sa’ meaning Temple. Magoksa has a unique nickname Choon-Magok, meaning Spring Magok. This is due to the breathtaking scenery during Spring. The valley of Taehwasan is filled with blooming Spring flowers and new growth of trees.
According to Magoksa’s history, the temple was founded by High Monk Jajang of Silla Dynasty in 640 A.D. Throughout the years the temple has been kept by High monks of Goryeo and Chosun Dynasty.
Magoksa is also well known in recent Korean history. It is well known that Kim Gu, the president of the Provisional Government of Republic of Korea, was ordained and practiced Buddhism at Magoksa before moving on to work for the Provisional Government of Republic of Korea.
Magoksa was granted protection by UNESCO World Heritage Centre, in July 4, 2018 along with 7 other Buddist temples in South Korea.
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