This temple complex is located in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province. Surrounded by low mountains, the temple complex has a warm and cozy ambience. With a mountain behind it and Namhan River in front of it, the geographical site of Yeoju Headquarters temple complex perfectly qualifies as a propitious site. This temple complex was built on the best type of energy hub recognized in Fengshui.
The temple complex was built in November 1986, and the current Main Sanctuary Building (Bonjeon) and Daesoon Assembly Hall were added in 1990 due to a rapid increase in the number of disciples. As the number of followers grew, the headquarters was moved to this location back in 1993. It was from this moment that Daesoon Jinrihoe truly started to gain recognition from the general public as a representative Korean religion. There are 40 buildings harmoniously arranged in their stately glory on a site of 165,000㎡. Most major rituals and events such as Holy Works (Gongbu)*
, Lecture (Sugang)*
, and Devotional Offering (Chiseong) are performed at this location.
*Holy Works (Gongbu) : the most important form of spiritual cultivation which is performed by a team of 36 participants who devotedly recite certain incantations for 24 hours without a break. It has been carried out since the Summer Solstice of 1991 and continues into the present day.
*Lecture (Sugang) : a three-day educational course performed by a team of 72 members to enhance their qualifications as disciples.
Main Sanctuary Building (Bonjeon)
This is the most sacred building with Yeongdae on the fourth and highest floor where 15 different divine positions including Sangje are enshrined. Main Sanctuary Building is a four-story building even though it appears to be three stories from the outside. Various ritual ceremonies and events are held in this building.
This pagoda represents the cosmology of Daesoon Jinrihoe. This consists of four main parts: the pedestal, lower body, upper body, and top.
The pedestal part is composed of three layers. The first layer is engraved with Ox Seeking Pictures (Simudo) that represent our cultivation process while the second one has the Four Deity Pictures (Sashindo) that represent the four seasons and four directions. The third one depicts the Twelve Deities of the Chinese Zodiac (Sibijisindo) that correspond to the twelve months and twelve directions.
The lower body of the pagoda consists of three octagonal layers engraved with twenty-four divinities who are in charge of the twenty-four seasonal divisions.
The upper body consists of seven quadrangular layers engraved with twenty-eight divinities in charge of the twenty-eight constellations of the four directions.
The top consists of nine round layers which represent the Ninth Heaven, the highest place in the universe containing the seat of Sangje who coordinates the whole universe from that location.
This pagoda is a monumental sculpture which shows the entire divine system of the universe consisting of Sangje and many other great deities in charge of the 24 seasonal divisions, the 28 constellations, and other such systems. It was built to celebrate the establishment of Yeoju Temple Complex in October 1986.