Weighing in at 60 tons, a giant bronze sitting Buddha welcomes visitors at the top of 203 stairs at Gakwonsa Temple in the city of Cheonan. Devotees kneel on a platform in front of the mammoth statue or follow the ritual of walking around the Buddha three times while praying.
A relatively new temple, it was built in 1977 at Mt. Taejo with the specific purpose of focusing prayers for the reunification of North and South Korea. The temple’s layout stretches at the foot of Mt. Taejo with various halls and altars of worship.
Besides being home to one of the largest sitting Buddhas in Asia, Gakwonsa is one of the largest temples in Korea, second to Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju.