Situated in Jangseong County, of South Jeolla province,Baegyangsa is a four hour drive from Seoul.
Originally named Baegamsa, or Jungtosa, this place has been called as 'Baegyangsa' ever since the 16 century when a Hwanyang monk re-built the place and a legend spread of "white sheep(Baegyang)," coming down from the mountain to listen to his words.
Over 1,400 years of history, this temple consists many cultural heritages such as the Daewoong-jun, Sachunwang-gate and more. The surroundings of this temple is also called as 'Korea's Greatest Beauty at works' with jaw-dropping sites. Behind the temple is an array of landscapes of Baegam Mountain's Hak-peak, Sangwang-peak and Gain-peak.
The colorful autumn leaves is the temple's greatest asset, as well as its winter forests, famous to many visitors.
As you enter into the temple, there is an exhibition hall that's built in Hanok style. Baekhak-peak from the hanok-walls of the exhibition is a perfect scene with the persimmon trees. There's also a yard that keeps memorial towers and flesh of monks who used to live at Baegyangsa.
The large pond at the Baegyangsa is also part of a breathtaking view. Above the wide pond is a bush-full of autumn trees, and nothing is more picturesque than the yellow leaves falling gently upon the pond leaf by leaf.
The bridge upon the pond is also an amazing picture spot.
Once you start to see glimpses of the temple between the crowded trees, you'll be able to find the rock bridge that lines across. Watching the fallen leaves float helplessly reminds you of the come and going seasons.
The autumn leaves at Beagyangsa colors its best around mid-November. It's still pretty hot but since fall is around the corner, hope it would be a time to catch a breath of chillness of fall.
Translated by_ Gen_E