Recommendation by Lemi
Light peeks in from the outside through wooden slats, gently grazing the carved wood blocks that hold a thousand years of Buddhist wisdom. The Janggyeong Panjeon is a depository of knowledge, dating as far back as the 13th century within the beautiful Haeinsa Temple complex. The library is humble in appearance; but, as you will find in many locations in East Asia, the simpler spots have an abundance of still beauty to them. Its most ornamental feature are the carved and painted beams that support the ceiling, endless wooden blocks shelved throughout the length of the hall. These 80,000 woodblocks are called the Tripitaka Koreana—priceless volumes of Buddhist canon. Robed monks, trained in their preservation, walk about the room, making you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Open today: 08:30-18:00
122, Haeinsa-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea