Pohyon Temple was built in 1042 at the foot of Mt. Myohyang in the DPRK. One of the most famous temples of Korea, it was a vital base for the propagation of Buddhism. Originally consisting of 24 buildings, over half of them were destroyed by U.S. bombing along with thousands of precious cultural relics.
The temple is named after bodhisattva Samantabhadra (Pohyon Posal in Korea). Among the remaining structures are 9- and 13-storied octagonal pagodas, Manse Pavilion, Ryongsan Hall, Suchung Temple, and others. The sacred temple is now under good preservation by the people’s state.