Seonhakwon was founded on November 30th, 1921 as a foundation for the studies of Zen Buddhism. It was founded by several people including Nam-jun, Do-bong, Suk-do, Man-kong, Man-hae and Sung wol. Most of the movements made Seonhakwon Foundation by were suppressed by the Japanese Imperial army which occupied Korea at that time.
After South Korea won independence, there was a movement to recover the religious and spiritual purity by eliminating the Japanese buddhism customs which were imposed during the occupation. Finally the Joseon Buddhism Jogye Order which was distinctly Korean and free from Japanese influence, was established. This was the first legal Buddhist order in modern Korea and the precursor of today’s Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
Link to Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, http://www.koreanbuddhism.net/
Today Seonhakwon has about 570 branches and missions including a central temple Jungang-Seonwon.
How to get to the Seonhakwon Foundation:
Take line 3 to Anguk Station and leave exit 1. Take your first left and walk for about 2 minutes and you will find Seonhakwon Foundation building on your left.
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