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Seoul Nakseongdae “Anguksa Temple”

Nakseongdae, where General Gang Gam-chan was born, means the place where a star fell when he was born. The preservation of Nakseongdae, where General Gang Gam-chan (948-1031) was born, and the creation of Anguksa Temple to honor him were completed on June 10, 1974.

“Nakseongdae Park and Anguksa Temple”

After passing through Nakseongdae Park and climbing up the hill, you can find Anguksa Temple. Anguksa Temple is a shrine dedicated to General Gang Gam-chan, a distinguished figure from the Goryeo Dynasty. It is said that it was named “Anguksa” by taking the title “Chuchoonghyup Mo Angook Gongshin” that General Gang Gam-chan received after defeating the Mongolian army.

“The Tranquil Anguksa Temple, Autumn at Anguksa Temple”

When you enter through Angukmun Gate, you will find a spacious garden. To the left, you can see the three-story stone pagoda of Nakseongdae, and to the right, you can find the historical monument of General Gang Gam-chan from the Goryeo Dynasty.

If you continue along the central path, pass through the Inner Sammun Gate, and climb the stairs, you will finally reach Anguksa Temple, where General Gang Gam-chan is enshrined.

“General Gang Gam-chan Exhibition Hall”

Before entering Anguksa Temple through Angukmun Gate, on the left, there is a small building called the General Gang Gam-chan Exhibition Hall. Here, you can find exhibitions about the achievements of General Gang Gam-chan. Although it is a small exhibition hall, you can learn about General Gang Gam-chan and his battles against the Mongols.

Located near Seoul National University, Anguksa Temple is a historical landmark that is worth exploring along with Nakseongdae Park.

“Seoul Nakseongdae Anguksa Temple”

  • Address: 77 Nakseongdae-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul (Postal Code: 08799)