Sinheungsa Temple

Sinheungsa Temple showing a temple or place of worship, religious elements and heritage architecture
Amid the majestic mountains of Seoraksan National Park sits an ancient Zen Buddhist temple and a monument to a peaceful unification for Korea.

First-time hikers on their way up the mild slope at the beginning of the Ulsanbawi course of Seoraksan National Park may be surprised to see an ancient temple along the trail. Sinheungsa is not as old as the mountains themselves, but it has been in place for many generations. The temple is Buddhist, specifically Seon or Korean Zen. 

It is one of many temples built by Korean monk, Jajang, in the 600s. Since being destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 1600s, Sinheungsa has continued as a place of worship and a famous sight to see on Korea’s eastern coast. The temple stores numerous works of Buddhist art—paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. 

The temple is not only for local monks it is also available for multi-day paid Mountain Temple Stays by visitors looking to experience Zen meditation and asceticism. The awe-inspiring natural surroundings, along with the monks’ practices of monastic meals, tea ceremonies, chanting, and bowing, bring tranquility to those seeking peace and harmony. Designed for foreigners, the experience includes interpretation in English, Japanese, and Chinese. 

For more than ten years, visitors to the temple made contributions toward the building of a statue of Buddha to encourage unification of North and South Korea. The sitting bronze Buddha rests atop a pedestal so that its total height is 62 feet (18.9 metres). It is an impressive symbol towering above hikers below. Known as Tongildaebul, the Great Unification Buddha is less than 30 miles (50 kilometres) from the impenetrable border between North and South Korea. 

The main entrance to Seoraksan National Park is just 15 minutes from Sokcho by bus or taxi. Once inside, follow the signs to Sinheungsa Temple or Tongildaebul Buddha, a ten-minute walk. There is an admission fee to enter the park, but no additional fee to view the temple or Buddha, which are open year-round during daytime hours.

Sinheungsa Temple Travel Guide Video

Top 10 Hotels Near Sinheungsa Temple

Del Pino
Del Pino
3.5 out of 5
1153, Misiryeongyet-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong, Gangwon
Fully refundable
The price is S$116 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
S$116
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star golf resort in Goseong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (642 reviews)
Worst-case Receptionist
"Everything is good but receptionist is the worst for 30 years."

Reviewed on 28 Oct,2022

Del Pino
Kensington Hotel Seorak
Kensington Hotel Seorak
4 out of 5
998, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho, Gangwon, 217-120
The price is S$124 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
S$124
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Sokcho. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice location for visiting Seorak national park."

Reviewed on 5 Aug,2022

Kensington Hotel Seorak
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
3.5 out of 5
111, Misiryeong-Ro, Beon-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon, 217-130
The price is S$117 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec
S$117
per night
5 Dec - 6 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Sokcho. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the family amenities in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (611 reviews)
Family friendly
"We stayed in a deluxe room, one with a double bed and the other with three twin futons. The room was very clean and since we stayed 6 nights, we could request housekeeping for 2 days during our stay. Due to COVID-19, many of the perks in the resort were closed like the karaoke rooms, billiard and ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul,2020

Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Paradise City
Sofitel Ambassador Seoul Hotel & Serviced Residences
The Shilla Seoul

Popular places to visit


Top Sinheungsa Temple Hotel Deals

White House
White House
2.5 out of 5
25, Cheongbong-ro 5-gil, Sokcho, 24904
White House
Kensington Hotel Seorak
Kensington Hotel Seorak
4 out of 5
998, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho, Gangwon, 217-120
Kensington Hotel Seorak
Del Pino
Del Pino
3.5 out of 5
1153, Misiryeongyet-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong, Gangwon
Del Pino
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
3.5 out of 5
111, Misiryeong-Ro, Beon-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon, 217-130
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
SONO FELICE DELPINO
SONO FELICE DELPINO
3.5 out of 5
1153, Misiryeongyet-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong, Gangwon-do, 24768
SONO FELICE DELPINO
Seoraksan Park
Seoraksan Park
2 out of 5
11, Cheongbong-ro 6-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon
Seoraksan Park
Seorak Sanjang
Seorak Sanjang
2.5 out of 5
21, Cheongbong-ro 7-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon, 24904
Seorak Sanjang
Smile Guesthouse
Smile Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
5-9, Cheongbong-ro 5-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon, 217-120
Smile Guesthouse
Together House
Together House
2.5 out of 5
11, Cheongbong-ro 7-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon, 24904
Together House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.