Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea
Layout of Magoksa Temple
Magoksa Temple is divided into northern and southern sections by a brook, and the central buildings are Daegwangbojeon and Yeonsangjeon halls, respectively. Due to the confined area of the temple, Daegwangbojeon and Yeongsanjeon were built to face the southwest and southeast directions, respectively, to have their axes intersect each other. This allowed the maximum use of the available space and the buildings to “flow” with the natural terrains. Also, the directions of Haetalmun and Cheonwangmun gates situated between these two areas were shifted appropriately to facilitate the natural flow of movement between these areas.