Yeongsanjeon Hall of Magoksa Temple

4. Yeongsanjeon Hall of Magoksa Temple

[Woman]
Yeongsanjeon Hall is the oldest building in Magoksa Temple. According to the Taehwasan Mago Sacheon Buljeon Jungsumun (Reconstruction Records of Magoksa Temple), it was built in 1682 and reconstructed in 1842. In Yeongsanjeon Hall of Magoksa Temple, there are seven wooden Buddha statues presumed to have been made during the Goryeo Dynasty.

Although it is common for Yeongsanjeon Hall to enshrine the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha as the main Buddha along with several statues of Arhats, which depict saints who are worthy of receiving offerings due to their enlightenment, sometimes small Buddha statues are enshrined instead of these statues of Arhats. In this case, it is also called a Cheonbuljeon Hall. The Yeongsanjeon Hall of Magoksa Temple also has traces of being referred to as Cheonbuljeon Hall in several records.

According to the record in "Seongyo Yangjong Daebonsan Magoksa Yeongaryakcho", the building was later reconstructed to enshrine the Buddha by combining the past Triad Buddha and present four enlightenments, along with the thousand Buddhas of the present kalpa.

The legend indicates that the signboard of Yeongsanjeon Hall was written by King Sejo, the seventh king of Joseon, when he came to Magoksa Temple to meet Kim Si-seup. At that time, Kim Si-seup wandered around Gangwon-do and Pyeongan-do before coming to Magoksa Temple, which is located deep in the mountains of Chungcheong-do.

[Vassal]
"Your Highness, I have news about Kim Si-seup whom you have been looking for. He is now believed to be living in Magoksa Temple in Gongju of Chungcheong-do.”

[Sejo]
“Is that so? I shall travel there and meet Kim Si-seup. Get our things ready.”

[Vassal]
"Yes, Your Highness."

[Woman]
King Sejo headed to Magoksa Temple to meet Kim Si-seup.

[Head Abbot]
"Did you sleep well last night, sir?"

[Kim Si-seup]
"Yes, I had a great night. How was your sleep?”

[Young Buddhist Monk]
“Sir! sir!” Where is the head abbot?”

[Head Abbot]
"Be discreet in your behavior within this area!"

[Young Buddhist Monk]
"Don't be surprised, sir. The king is on his way to our village entrance. It’s not the time to stay here. We need to go out now too, sir."

[Head Abbot]
Look at you... Your mind is somewhere else when you should be reading the scripture instead!”

[Young Buddhist Monk]
"Think about it, sir. Sir, when will we ever be able to see a royal procession again? This must be the mercy of the Buddha, for us to go and enjoy the procession."

[Head Abbot]
“Why, you little...!”

[Kim Si-seup]
"The King is here...?” I’m in trouble. I can no longer stay here.

[Young Buddhist Monk]
"Look over there. I think that gentleman is also going to see the royal procession. Since he's in such a hurry. Sir!!! You need to slow down a bit, no matter how urgent you are. I'm afraid you will fall."

[Woman]
Sejo arrived at Magoksa Temple in Gongju, but Kim Si-seup had already left the place when he heard that Sejo was coming. King Sejo wrote the signboard of Yeongsanjeon Hall in Magoksa Temple and left a comment.

[Sejo]
"Since Kim Si-seup has left me, I cannot travel on Yeon."

[Woman]
The palanquin used by kings of the Joseon Dynasty was called Yeon, and the Yeon that King Sejo traveled on at the time has been kept in Daegwangbojeon Hall of Magoksa Temple to the present day. The Yeongsanjeon Hall of Magoksa Temple is the hall that offers the most inspirational experience in the temple from ancient times to today. It is known as a place where the energy of the Gunwangdae is gathered to create benevolent ministers and brave generals.

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