BONGJEONGSA - KOREA
Bongjeongsa or Ponchongsa is located at the southern foot of Mt. Cheondungsan, 16 kilometers northwest of Andong city. It was built by the Buddhist Priest Uisangchosa in 672 A.D., the 12th year of King Munmu's reign of the Shilla Kingdom. As the oldest wooden structure in Korea, it has historic and academic significance. Many important cultural properties, such as Gukrakjeon Hall, Daeungjeon (main prayer hall), Hwaomgangdang Hall, Gogumdang Hall and Muryanghaehoedang Hall are located in the temple compound. In particular, Gukrakjeon Hall is noteworthy, because it clearly shows unique Shilla architectural design unlike most other buildings which adopted Chinese designs.