[Dongducheon] Jajaeam Hermitage
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- PublishedDecember 1, 2014
- RevisedDecember 5, 2016
Walk along the street of red leaves to remember Saint Wonhyo’s life
Jajaeam Hermitage, located at the foot of beautiful Soyosan Mountain, is the historic temple founded by Saint Wonhyo in the 14th year of Queen Seondeok of Silla (645). Upon entering through Ilju Gate, you can see the waterfall named Wonhyo Falls and the cave. Inside of the cave, the stone Bhaisaijyaguru Buddha Statue is enshrined. Let’s cross Sokrigyo Bridge (the bridge to renounce the world) in front of the waterfall and then go up to Wonhyodae through Haetal Gate. Wonhyodae has a folk tale that Saint Wonhyo found enlightenment at the moment when he gave up on his training and tried to jump. You can finally reach Jajaeam Hermitage after crossing Guekrakgyo Bridge through Wonhyodae. Jajaeam Hermitage, nestled between the lush forest and the cliffs, has a unique atmosphere with the waterfall and strange rocks even though the area of the shrine is not that big.
There is a mineral spring called “Wonhyosaem” in Jajaeam Hermitage. Saint Wonhyo found many temples all over the country, and mineral water always sprang up in his temple sites. Spring water that was good for tea was bubbling up between the stones. In particular, Jajeam’s spring water was famous. Also, it is good to visit in autumn to enjoy the scenery of the colorful leaves from 108 Stairs to Jajaeam Hermitage in Soyosan Mountain.
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