Spotlight: Sogwang Temple

Sogwang Temple in Kangwon Province of the DPRK is a Buddhist temple built in 1386 in the final years of the Koryo dynasty, expanded to over 50 buildings during the feudal Joson dynasty. It has several elegant gates, pavilions, and halls showing excellent architectural skills.

The sacred temple along with all its treasured art and relics were incinerated by a U.S. bombing raid in 1951. Jogye Gate (pictured below) is the only original structure not destroyed. The state reconstructed much of the site to its original beauty and is preserving it with deep care.

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