Yaksaam (small Buddhist temple), which became a part of nature by itself without being separated from nature! People can feel comfort after appreciating the features of Yaksaam and the Peak that have been embracing each other for a long time. Yaksaam gives people Buddha's teaching for life: 'Get along with each other'. Yaksaam is located in Ullimdong, Dong-gu (East district), Gwangju Metropolitan City. It is a quiet and beautiful hermitage for monks, like a star hidden in Mudeung Mountain. Going up about 600m, Iljumun (the first gate), standing as if it were about to fly away, and a small temple located at the left side of Yaksa valley comes into sight. This is Yaksaam temple. The original name of Yaksaam was Inwangsa temple, which was a temple built to establish Jeungsimsa temple by Cheolgamguksa Do Yun (a national priest) in the later part of the Silla dynasty period. Thousand years have passed since this hermitage was built. The sanctuary enshrines a Seated Stone Buddha statue in the later part of the Silla dynasty. Yaksabul Buddha, which means the relief for the sick Buddhists, is the most necessary Buddha to the Buddhists. How long has the Buddha with an especially wide knee, sitting a lotus flower patterned pedestal, heard the Buddhists' prayers? For over a thousand years? The Buddha's lip with furtive smile seems to convey the thought that Yaksaam has an advanced compassion and understanding of mankind with much feeling. He looks at us carrying our heavy burdens like drenched cotton for such a long time. His smile eases the pain of exhausted people carrying the heavy burdens. This is the mystery of Yaksabul Buddha. When we experience his smile, at once our face reflects the Yaksabul Buddha's smile. In Yaksaam, the main temple as a Paljak-style roof with Korean traditional-style tiles of three sections on the front and two sections on the side. In addition there is a temple dormitory which is a pointed beam house in an L shape with five rooms on the left and six rooms at the front. The back of the main temple is Woonrimdang, with three rooms at the front and one room on the side with a traditional Korean tiled roof in the shape of a Chinese character “八” (meaning eight). On a moonlit night, people can appreciate the best view of Yaksaam. The fascinating scene results in deep realization, since it is easy to return to old times. Saeinbong Peak, seen from the front, is as lively as it was in the past, when the full moon came up like a green polished well in the sky. Even if you look at the scene for only a short time, worldly things will disappear like dust and the complications of the mind will melt away. Buddhism makes people partners of heaven without separating them from nature and their heart. This may be the reason Yaksaam was made. Only visible medicine isn't curable. The true role of Yaksaam may be an instruction to take the Buddhist ways with a calm mind. If people go up to Yaksaam on their way to Jeungsimsa temple when they are stressed, the place which has gone through numerous discords and was built a thousand years ago, will cure their condition.
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