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Buildings in Temples

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.



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.



Blue Rooster Pagoda (Cheonggyetap)

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.


* 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.



Sungdomun 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'.



Illyeomgyo 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'.



Jonggogak 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.




Jongak 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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