Han Bi-soo’s mother, Hae-jin (Lee Whee-hwang) goes on a road trip with best friend Jung-hwa (Kim Ho-jung) in episode 12 of Oh My Ladylord/Oh! Master (오! 주인님) (MBC, 2021). They walk along the pine pathways to this temple, where they pray for more time to make memories, and for cute grandchildren. Unfortunately, Hae-jin collapses and Bi-soo (Lee Min-ki) rushes to the hospital to be by her side.
When being given a ride to the hospital she’d been ‘dispatched’ to, Jung Young-jae (Jo Bo-ah) gets taken until the street leading up this temple and finds herself walking along the Fir Tree Path in search of the building, in full episode 1 (episode 2) of Forest (포레스트) (KBS2, 2020).
The path to this temple and its Fir Tree Path appear as Ji Eun-tak’s (Kim Go-eun) way home from her part-time job in episode 9 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17). Kim Shin (Gong Yoo), who has searched for her and finally tracked her down, follows her quietly on this way back home until she turns around in the woods on the Fir Tree Path and he tells her to pull his sword out.
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Woljeongsa Temple [월정사/月精寺], founded in 634 during the reign of Queen Seondeock of the Silla Dynasty, is a Buddhist temple located in a forest east of Odaesan Mountain. According to the temple’s website, the temple houses three national treasures. It’s Nine-story Octagonal Stone pagoda (National treasure No.48), the Dong Jong or the Bronze Bell of Sangwonsa Temple (National treasure No.36) and the seated wooden statue of Buddha of Sangwonsa Temple (National treasure No.221).
The temple is located in the village of Dongsan [Dongsan-ri/동산리] in Pyeongchang County’s Jinbu Township [Jinbu-myeon/진부면]. The Odaesan Woljeongsa Fir Tree Path [오대산월정사전나무숲길] is part of the temple and used for meditative walks. It stretches for about 1km in length from the temples entry gate, the Iljumun Gate [일주문], and leads right to the temple.
The Haetalgyo Bridge [해탈교], also seen in Goblin, is located very close to the Iljumun Gate.
Nowadays, the Woljeongsa Temple also proposes temple stays for those interested in experiencing temple life.
63 Dongsan-ri, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
강원 평창군 진부면 동산리 63
Geolocation: 37.731783, 128.592066
Geolocation Iljumun Gate [일주문]: 37.725245, 128.597127
Geolocation Haetalgyo Bridge [해탈교]: 37.725254, 128.595804
Address of Fir Tree Path
강원도 평창군 진부면 동산리
Geolocation (approx.): 37.730605, 128.596757
Start: 37.731812, 128.594582
Jinbu Station [진부역], Gyeonggang Line
Approximately 2,5 hours from Seoul as there is no direct train connection between Seoul and Woljeongsa Temple
➜ From here, transfer to local bus ‘진부-상원사 (55)’ or ‘진부-월정사 (57)’ for 20 minutes
➜ Get off at Woleongsa Bus Stop [월정사] (no. 60246)
➜ Directly take a taxi from the station (about 18’000 Won).
— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 25/05/2022
— Oh My Ladylord added by sarahms