Buddhist Temple arrangement
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Heungguksa Temple was built by Jinul, a national master monk who was often called with the title of honor, Bojo-guksa, in the 25th year of King Myeongjong of Goryeo Dynasty(A.D. 1195). The temple is located near to the Yeosu Industrial Complex.

During the Japanese invasion(1592~1598), the temple was used as a training camp for monk-led naval forces under the command of Admiral Yi Sunshin. The temple was burnt down by the Japanese invaders during the war. The buildings were rebuilt in the 2nd year of King Injo(A.D. 1624).

Since then, Heungguksa has been known as the patriotic Buddist temple that made great contribution to defend the country.