Haeinsa Temple was founded during the third year of King Ae-Jang's reign (802), by two monks Suneung and Ijung. The name "Haein" originates from the expression Haeinsammae of Hwaeomgyeong (Buddhist scripture), which means truly enlightened world of Buddha and our naturally undefiled mind. [visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264238]
The temple was first built in 802. Legend says that two Korean monks returned from China, Suneung and Ijeong, and healed King Aejang (애장왕, 哀莊王)wife's of her illness. In gratitude of the Buddha's mercy, the king ordered the construction of the temple.
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