Naksan Temple is located in Obong Mountain, one of three famous mountains together with Gumkang Mountain and Seorak Mountain in the east of the Taebaek mountain range. The name of Naksan Temple originated from Mountain Botanakga, where it is believed that Bodhisattva Avolokitesvara (Gwaneum) always resides and gives Dharma.
Gwaneum is the Bodhisattva of compassion in Mahayana Buddhism. With over 1300 years of history, innumerable Buddhists, regardless of their social positions and status, are continuously visiting this temple to see real relics of Gwaneum. This temple has a breathtaking scenic beauty of nature, the East Sea, with many sacred treasures and cultural heritages. Naksansa has been one of the most holy and attractive places, not only for Buddhists, but also for other ordinary people including foreigners in Korea.
There are many other famous legacies like the landmark statue of Haesu Gwaneumsang (Seaward-Looking Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Statue is one of the largest statues in Asia), Botajeon, enshrined many kinds of Bodhisattva including seven other Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara such as Chunsu Gwaneum (Sahasrabhuja aryaavalokiresvara with one thousand hands) and Memorial Hall of Venerable Master Uisang, with records and relics related with his achievements. Naksansa is one of the most favorite places with its one thousand year historic temple, sacred treasures and cultural heritages.
Most of Buddha’s halls and pavilions in Naksansa were burnt to the ground by a catastrophic forest fire on the April 5th, 2005. However, in spite the disastrous conflagration, Naksansa, with its thousand year history, is gradually being reconstructed, with the strong support of the people and the Buddhists.