Donmyeong Temple(東明佛院), located in Yongdang-dong, Yongbisan Mountain, was established by Gang Seok-jin, the late chairman of Dongmyeong Lumber company, who dedicated the temple to the country’s prosperity, attaining Nirvana for his parents and 10,000 employees working at the industrial sites of Dongmyeong company.
Inside of Daewoongjeon Hall, Seokgamoni-bul sits on the main altar in the center. He is flanked by Mireuk bosal to the left and Jehwa galla bosal to the right. The 16m-high sitting Buddha is one of the biggest in Korea, and the main hall is equally enormous, spreading over an area of 499㎡. The main hall was built with a column-less construction technique and the ceiling is decorated with four dragonheads while two sidewalls are engraved with Bicheonsang, heavenly maidens. The temple features Geungnakjeon, Nahan-jeon and Gwaneeum-jeon. Each of Dokseonggak, Chilseonggak and Sanshingak is housed in two-storey halls and Buddhist books are exhibited on the second floor of the halls.
The gate of the Four Devas, Sacheonwangmun, is designed with standing statues. In the courtyard, there are two pagodas, Deokseong pagoda for representing devoted sons and daughters-in-law, and Budeok pagoda for urging people to perform virtuous deeds.
Sanshingak is dedicated to Sansin, the Mountain Spirit. The entrance of the temple is decorated with enormous garden stones that help reveal its splendor.
As one of the four pieces of Dharma crafts and one of the world’s largest bells, Dongmyeongbuljong is situated in the temple that weighs 27 tons, six tons heavier than the Emile Bell.
Around the body of the bell, decorations can be seen with Gongyangsang on their knees serving Gongyang, communal Buddhist meal service, and Bicheonsang standing over Mandala. The patterns are reflected from the Emille bell, the 29th national treasure of Korea, as well as from the Sangwonsajong, the 36th national treasure of Korea, in Gangwon-do province.
Among many relief patterns used for decorating Buddhist bells, it is Bicheonsang, an image of heavenly maidens, which is chosen for the bell decoration. The crossbeam that hooks the heavy bell has the Buddhist sutras inscribed in Saskrit characters. A Birch-made bell rod is fastened with four strands of iron chain where two people can strike the bell on both its sides. The North side of the bell is engraved with its name, Dongmyeongbuljong, whereas, the South side is marked with its completion date; April 8, 2520 AD and April 8, 4309 in the Dangun era.