buddhist temple is the head temple of 24th parish in the Korean
Jogye order buddhism which is located in Mt.Dosol of Gochang
county, Jeonra north province.
The temple name "Seonun" means
the place where an ascetic devotee practicing seon(zen) meditation
with the evening cloud which dwells in the blazing red of
the setting sun.
The temple is located in the rocks of fantastic shape and
so it have its most beautiful scenery. The temple was founded
A.D.577(24th year of king Weeduk, Baekje dynasty) by master
Kumdan and since then this temple took charge of enlightening
the sentient beings of this world and guiding them to the
buddhist's idealistic pure land.
From the beginning, some displaced people lived in Mt.Seonun(Mt.Dosol)
because there were disturbances of war during the period of
three states(Gogureo, Baekje and Shinra dynasty). Master Kumdan
taught the teachings of Buddha, traditional salt making method
and traditional Korean paper making method to them.
So they made their earnings from the salt and paper making
and they can kept their livelihood. Villagers named their
village as Kumdan-ri after master Kumdan's buddhist name for
paying master Kumdan's tribute to them. Villagers also offered
their salt to the Seonunsa temple for repaying master Kumdan's
Since then this beautiful tradition have handed down even
There is no end of visitors to Seonunsa temple because this
temple have its beautiful scenery, its long history and its
important cultural properties.
In addition to it, the red flowers of camilia trees around
the temple burst into flowers in the spring and is much loved
from the poets and artists.