Nestled in the hills of Jinwi-myeon, the Mangisa Buddhist Temple hides peacefully away from the hustle of Korea. Boasting Korea National Treasure No. 567, the Iron Seated Buddha sits majestically as the centerpiece of the temple. Surrounding the grounds, foot trails wind through the Jinwi hills. The peaceful setting and tranqulity of the temple grounds, with close proximity to Pyeongtaek city, make it an ideal half-day or day trip. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.
Please note: While visitors are gladly accepted, this is a "working" Buddhist temple and should be treated as such. The monks and temple patrons are normally very friendly and helpful, but please show proper respect to the grounds, buildings, people, and artifacts. And be sure to make a donation, no matter how big or small, to help keep this treasure beautiful.
Getting there: GPS: 37°06'28.2"N 127°06'02.3"E, Google Maps: 37.107834, 127.100632
From old route 1 north of the Songtan area of Pyeongtaek, travel east on route 306. Turn left at the intersection of route 317 heading north. Cross the Jisancheon River bridge and turn right at the next intersection. Follow the roadway 1.5 kilometers (almost 1 mile), pass a Bayer pharmaceutical factory (Large Bayer sign) and turn left just after the sign. Follow the roadway ~800 meters (1/2 mile), turn right at the granite totems (which is the entrance to the temple).