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Three-story pagoda with 4 lions
Right in front of the main building of the temple is the beautiful and magnificent three-story pagoda with 4 lions. Originally this spot was called Yongduam (the rock shaping like dragon head) where the so-called Mireuk rock was towering magnificently but as the temple had to go through the Japanese invasion that savagely destroyed the temple and a defense line that runs over the temple was established after the Korean war had ended up in an armistice, the temple with strangely shaped rocks has fallen into ruins, which has made the Mireuk rock and Yongduam an old legend. Time passed by, and, in 1970s, the monk Yeongho Dang, Jeongam Hwasang enshrined the three-story pagoda with 4 lions by collecting the pieces of the shattered pagoda and re-enforcing the damaged rock face.
Four lions (standing for the symbol of joy, anger, sadness and happiness respectively) are supporting the pagoda on the 4 corners of the first story, and a sea god is supporting it toward the sanctum on the same story, which means the defense of Buddhist and the sea god's support of the Buddha.
This tower made based upon the bone pagoda of Hwaeomsa in Jiri mountain is one of the masterpieces with a bit of variation given to the traditional stone pagoda style.
Because the 7 bones brought by the Sri Lankan monk was sealed in the tower, it began to be called the Sari (Bone) pagoda.
It's not too much to say that this pagoda is the treasure of the temple since it looks so beautiful against the sea when seen from the stairs coming down from the gate.
   

Yacksayeorae Healing Buddha

Yacksayeorae Healing Buddha, as the name implies, has abilities to heal people of their physical, mental diseases.
Because the Buddha statue is situated in a desirable spot according to Feng-Shui theory (an Oriental theory in deciding where is the best place for the building, house, grave, etc.) and the Buddha has miraculous power, many Buddhist followers have their diseases cured here. The Buddha statue is well known as the stone Buddha in Gat (a Korean traditional hat with wide round


 

Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Sea water Great Goddess Buddha)

The word “Haesu” means sea water and “Gwaneum”, the Goddess Buddha of mercy. “Haesu Gwaneum Daebul” stands for the Great Goddess Buddha of mercy in the sea.
The Buddhist scriptures says that the Great Goddess Buddha of mercy in the sea lives alone at a solitary near the sea. She appears before people in 33 different ways and even just saying her name repeatedly will help you accomplish your goal.
It's said that snow never lays thick at where the Goddess Buddha is and there are arrow root flowers blossoming in the winter time.
There was bright 5-color light spotlighting the statue of the Goddess Buddha on the third day from the enshrinement of the statue, which kept the mouth of the people around it at the time wide open for a while in amazement. The rumor about this scene has spread out and many visitors have been coming from all over the nation.