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Monk Baek Yong-seong

Monk Baek Yong-seong

Monk Baek Yong-seong

Monk Baek Yong-seong was born in 1864 in Juklim-ri, Beonam-myeon, Jangsu-gun at the southern end of Jangansan Mountain, a major composition of the Honam Vein. He became a Buddhist monk at Deokmilam Temple, Gyoryongsanseong, Namwon when he was 14. He was forced to return home due to opposition from his parents, re-joining the sangha at Haeinsa Temple.
He continued his Buddhist practices traveling around Buddhist temples in both Korea and China. He was one of the 33 representatives during the March 1st Independence Movement of Korea in 1919, representing Buddhism, and was sent to Seodaemun Prison for 1 year and 6 months. After getting out of prison, he dedicated himself to purifying the religious orders of Buddhism and fiercely opposed Japanese religious policy that recognized the inheritance of religious tradition by a married Buddhist priest. Moreover, he made efforts to translate Buddhist books into Korean to promote popularization of Buddhist beliefs.
He founded the Daegak Buddhism to overcome the crisis of the nation and established the Daegak Buddhism Hall in Yanji, China in 1922 to support the independence movement. He passed away on 24 February, 1940 at the age of 77 after 61 years as a Buddhist monk.

Address : 31, Juklim2-gil, Beonam-myeon, Jangsu-gun (Juklimjeongsa Temple)
Tel.:+82-63-353-0108-9

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