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Yongmunsa ( 용문사 )
Place Category: Attraction and Temple
Yongmunsa Temple is located in Gyeonggi-do.
It was built during the Silla Dynasty and reconstructed during the reign of King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty.
It was badly damaged during the Korean War, but was restored and now consists of three buildings, the main hall, daeungjeon, and the bell tower. Its courtyard contains the largest gingko tree in the East, which is 1,100 years old, measures 60m in height and 14m in circumference and is designated and protected as natural monument no. 30. Legend says the great Buddhist monk Uisang, who lived during the Silla Dynasty, stuck his staff in the earth, and the tree grew out of the simple staff.