hermitage is the oldest hermitage of Seonunsa temple. From the
beginning, the hermitage was a big temple called Changdamsa
temple or Daechamsa temple. This hermitage was founded by master
Euiwoon and there is an interesting story in relation to its
Long time ago, a stone boat came near the Jukpo harbor. It was
during the time when master Euiwoon lived in Beopwhagool cave.
The boat was out at sea whenever people near to it. But the
boat came near to the harbor when master Euiwoon came out to
the harbor with his disciples. Soon a gold person who rowed
the boat appeared and delivered several Buddha images and Sutras
to master Euiwoon. He then left the place. At that night, the
gold person appeared again in master Euiwoon's dream. He said
he was a king of somewhere in India and went around far East
Asia to find right place to enshrine the Buddha images. As a
result, he found marvelous spirit was covered with Mt.Dosol
and wanted to enshrine the Buddha images at the right place.
Master Euiwoon built a temple and named it as Daechamsa temple
in 581(28th year of king Weeduk, Baekje dynasty). The hermitage
once took a role of an independent temple before Seonunsa
temple secured the position as head temple of this region
during the reign of king Sungjong(1469-1494), Joseon dynasty.
And now, Chamdangam hermitage perform its duty as the seon(zen)
meditation center of Seonunsa temple.
name 'Dosol' means the heaven where Maitreya bodhisattva practice
asceticism for his descenting to new idealistic world. As
we know it, Maitreya Buddha is the next Buddha and so we presume
that the foundation of Dosolam hermitage is related to Maitreya
belief. Especially people called the rock cliff Buddha which
is carved on the west rock from Dosolam hermitage as Maitreya
Buddha. So we presume that there is some sort of connection
between Dosolam hermitage and Maitreya belief.
Originally, Dosolam hermitage was devided into three hermitages
as upper Dosolam, under Dosolam and north Dosolam. Upper Dosolam
hermitage was located at the site of 'Naewongung'(the palace
of Maitreya). Under Dosolam hermitage was located at the rock
cliff Buddha and north Dosolam hermitage was located at the
main Buddha hall. But all is gone except 'Naewongung'(the
palace of maitreya) and north Dosolam hermitage. So Dosolam
hermitage is composed of 'Naewongung', Main Buddha Hall, Arhat
hall and temple dormitory now.
Dosolam Hermitage is the most famous praying site of Korean
In addition to it, Seonunsa temple have two more hermitages;
Seoksangam Hermitage and Dongwoonam Hermitage.