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Panoramic map of Sogwang Temple | by Moravius
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Panoramic map of Sogwang Temple

석왕사명승지안내도.

Sogwang Temple in Kosan County, Kangwon Province, DPRK, was founded in 1386. With more than 50 buildings, it was one of Korea's largest Buddhist temples. Nearly all the buildings and countless art treasures were burnt during an American air raid in June 1951. Another desaster hit the temple in August 1986 when several reconstructed buildings were washed away by a flood.

Today, there are four buildings left, three of which are recent reconstructions. There are plans in the pipeline to reconstruct six major buildings until 2012, the 100th birthday of the late President Kim Il Sung (see www.kcna.co.jp/item/2008/200805/news05/08.htm). Reconstruction will start this year with the temple’s main hall, Taeung Hall.

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Taken on September 13, 2008