Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea
Layout of Tongdosa Temple
Tongdosa Temple is divided into three areas, along the axis created by the large stream of the Yeongchuksan Valley. The Diamond Stairway, enshrining the genuine sarira of the Buddha, and Daeungjeon have high architectural value and their axes intersects the axis of the temple entryway, which was formed naturally along the stream. The temple buildings, each with its own unique characteristics, were built along the stream over time, forming three different spheres. This shows that diverse doctrine systems and sutras coexisted within this mountain temple.