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Buildings in Temples

Bonjeon (Main Building)

This is the main sanctuary building with Yeongdae on the top fourth and highest floor where Gucheon Sangje and the other 14 Great Deities are enshrined. Bonjeon is a four-story building that visually appears to only be three stories high. Various ritual ceremonies and events are held in this building.



Sihakwon / Sibeopwon Building

Located near Bonjeon, Sihagwon and Sibeobwon Buildings are where the activities of Sihak and Sibeop gongbu are conducted respectively. These gongbus are carried out in preparation for the Later World.



Pojeongmun Gate

This gate was built to remind us to ‘unfold Daesoon Truth widely while preserving its authenticity’. The two tiger statues placed on both sides of the gate stand in position to protect the temple complex and to preserve the law of Daesoonjinrihoe.



Ilgakmun Gate

This is the entry gate at the Yeoju Temple Complex, which signifies ‘finding an enlightenment of Daesoon Truth.’ Therefore, one should have a pure and true mind when entering this gate.



Bonggangjeon

The word ‘Bonggang’ means 'to receive the highest level of spiritual energy from heaven'. Bonggangjeon is a four-story building which appears only three stories high. On the fourth floor, there are shrines for the three primary deities: Gucheon Sangje (Gang Jeungsan), Okhwang Sangje (Jo Jeongsan) and Sakyamuni Buddha. In addition,  the deities of 28 constellations* and 24 subdivisions of the seasons* are also enshrined there. In the past, its erved as the Main Building (Bonjeon) prior to the construction and opening of the current Bonjeon.



* Deities of 28 constellations: the deities in charge of the directional spaces in heaven.


* Deities of the 24 subdivisions of the seasons: the deities in charge of 24 terms which make up a year.



Daesoon Seongjeon Hall

This hall enshrines a series of holy paintings that illustrate the sacred works of Sangje Jeungsan and Doju Jeongsan, along with the sacred achievements of Dojeon Bak Wudang.



Cheonggye Pagoda

This pagoda symbolizes the cosmology of Daesoon Truth. On the first, second, and third layer of the footstone, there are engraved reliefs of Simudo*, Sashindo* and Sibyi-jisindo*. The three octagonal layers of its body contain twenty-four engravings that represent twenty-four seasons; and the next seven quadrangular layers contain twenty-eighten gravings that represent the twenty-eight constellations. The nine layers of round stones at the top represent the Nine Heavens. The pagoda was built to celebrate the establishment of Yeoju Temple Complex in October 1986.


* Simudo : Ox Seeking Pictures.

* Sasindo : pictures of the four deities in charge of the four directions and four seasons.

* Sibijisindo : pictures of twelve deities of the Chinese zodiac which represents the twelve directions and twelve months.



Sungdo Gate

This gate stands for 'Worshipping the Truth'. The area inside this gate is called the 'Inner Court'. When entering this gate, people should bow with their hands together while facing Bonjeon.






Jeonggakwon Building

The name of this building means ‘enlightening oneself to Daesoon Truth.’ Its second floor is used as a rehearsal place for gangsik*. And the firstfloor is Dojeongsil, the administrative office of the religious body.


* Gangsik : a ceremony to receive Heavenly Energy as part of gongbu, which is one of the major activities of cultivation.




Jeongsimwon Building

The name of this building means ‘being right-minded’. Here, Sihak-gongbu* is performed on the third floor.


* Sihak-gongbu : one form of spiritual cultivation performed by a team of 36 participants to open up the coming 'Earthly Paradise'. They recite certain incantations in a specified way for 24 hours without a break.







Jongmuwon Building

This is a place where various affairs of the religious body are carried out. There are four departments: 'planning and management', 'general affairs', 'religious research & edification', and 'spiritual training'.



Illyeom Bridge

This bridge conveys the meaning of 'fully committed preservation and implementation of Sangje’s Truth.' Crossing this bridge symbolizes coming into the ‘Later World of Earthly Paradise'.



Jonggo Pavilion

This pavilion has a bell on its second floor and a drum on its first floor. The bell called Daewonjong* resonates throughout the whole universe to awaken all creatures. The drum, which is called Noehwago*, is used for gathering or dispersing deities. Both instruments represent the idea of ‘harmony of yin and yang’.


* Daewonjong : an iron bell to cherish the greatest hopes of humankind.

* Noehwago : a drum to nourish all creatures through divine lightning.




Jong Pavilion

This pavilion houses a bell called 'Daewonjong', which conveys the hope of Daesoonjinrihoe disciples for the whole world to achieve peace and harmony by spreading the infinite blessings of Sangje through its sound.



Iljumun Gate (TOSEONG)

This is the entry gate to the Geumgangsan Toseong Training Temple Complex. It features two large columns in a line.



Maitreya Buddha(TOSEONG)

Maitreya is a Buddha who meditates in Tushita heaven but will come down to this world after Sakyamuni’s death to save all human beings. Sangje said the following words: “I am the Maitreya……” Accordingly, a statue of the Maitreya was built in this temple complex. This statue stands 19.5m high and there are 105 beads engraved in the area between his face and neck.



Rest Center (TOSEONG)

The rest center is designed to provide a relaxing place for members. The center features a hot spring, cafeteria, assembly hall, seminar room, and other such amenities.



Pond (TOSEONG)

The pond has two pagoda fountains with a small garden island between them. The island is connected to the surrounding land by two bridges. It uses recycled domestic drain water for environmental sustainability.



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