Daeungjeon (Main Dharma Hall) is located at the center of Jogyesa Temple. It is named after Shakyamuni Buddha, whose golden statue is found inside. The building opened in 1938. In 2000, the hall was designated as an important cultural asset of Korea.
When you walk inside, the first thing you will notice are the magnificent golden statues of Amitabha Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, and Bhaisaiya Buddha. These golden statues measure in at over 4.8 meters (16 feet) tall.
Shakyamuni, center, can be seen with his left hand in his lap while his right hand touches the ground with the tip of his finger. This is the symbolic gesture or mudra of Shakyamuni. It symbolizes him touching the earth after enlightenment.
Shakyamuni is also the founder of Buddhism and the great hero for which the hall is named after.
On the left is the statue of Amitabha Buddha. His mudra is to have his thumb and third finger of each hand touching. His name is chanted by those with hopes of being reborn one day into a situation of perfect enlightenment and truth.
On the right is Bhaisaiya Buddha. He brings good health and fortune to those who are suffering, both physically and emotionally. He is often seen holding a container of medicine to help those in need.
From 2002 to 2006, the building was renovated in part due to donations and help from the government.
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