Gameunsa Temple Site - Gyeongju, the Silla Kingdom - BUSANNAVI TOUR
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Gameunsa Temple Site

Gameunsaji / 감은사지

This temple was built to protect Silla from Japanese invasions on the east coast.

Three-story Stone Pagoda at Gamunsa Temple Site

In the 7th century, King Munmu, the 30th king of Silla, who achieved the unification of the three kingdoms (676) by defeating Goguryeo and Baekje, tried to build Jinguksa to protect the unified Silla from the Japanese, but died shortly before completion. His son, King Munmu, the 31st king of Silla, renamed Jinguksa Temple as Gaunsa Temple to commemorate his father’s great deeds. Ilgeumdang Garam-style three-story stone pagoda temple was completed.

Three-story Stone Pagoda at Gamunsa Temple Site

About 1.7km away from Gameunsa Temple, there is the Tomb of King Munmu in the East Sea, where the legend that King Munmu was reborn as a dragon of the sea to protect Silla is located. The main hall and the marina remain.

main hall stone floor ruins

main hall

dock remains

Basic information
Name Gameunsa Temple Site
감은사지 感恩寺址
Address 55-1 Yongdang-ri, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 양북면 용당리 55-1
Admission Fees Free
More information Historic Site No. 31 and National Treasure No. 112
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