Geumdang Temple is a branch of Gaunsan Temple, the 17th temple of a Korea's
Buddhist sect. It was established by Chinese Priest Hyegam in 814 B.C.E
(6th year of the reign of Shinra King Hyeondeok). Its main building had
7 units at the time of the construction, but has been reconstructed several
times to finally become a 3-unit building in 1675 (1st year of the reign of
Sukjong). A wooden Three Buddhas had been placed in here and enshrined
when Nahan Temple was repaired. Today's main building was constructed
about 300 years ago.
Geumdang Temple was appointed 18th Tangible Assets of Jeollabuk Province
in 1973 and is the home of two major cultural assets.
Its Svadeva Amitabha Buddha, the 18th Local Asset, is assumed to have been
established during Koryo Dynasty. It is Korea's one and only Buddha of
its kind built with a piece of ginko trunk into a 230cm-high and 165cm-wide
Another cultural asset is a huge hanging picture of Buddha, the 74th Local
Asset. It is a huge hanging picture of Buddha 5m wide and 9m high for
rituals. It is hung on a huge column. A Buddhist goddess of mercy
is drawn on a woven hemp cloth. It is estimated to have been created in
lake 17th century by its styles. In droughts, a ritual for rain with this
huge hanging picture of Buddha hung is said to definitely start the rain.