Tapsa Temple is located in the Maisan Provincial Park in between two mountain peaks that look like horse’s ears and that makes the Temple a mysterious place to be. The peaks are about 670 meters high and that causes constant changing of the lighting of the site by the sun.
To add to the mystery of the temple, it is said that the Stone Pagodas at the complex never collapsed by the sometimes strong winds in the mountains, they only wobble a bit.
The Pagodas were built by Gapyong Lee over a period of 30 years all by himself. He built as many as 120 different sizes and shapes. He used all natural stones from the area of the Mai (horse ear) mountain. Today 80 of them remain. One of the tallest Pagodas reaches as high as 15 meters and as wide as 20 meters.
Tapsa Temple and the Stone Pagodas are located at the Maisan Provincial Park in the Jeollabuk-do province about 244 km south of Seoul.
In the springtime the Temple hosts the Cherry Blossom Festival.
There are two parking places at the Maisan park, conveniently called North and South. To visit the temple the south parking is closer. Parking fee 2,000 won.
Admission fees to the Tapsa Temple and the Stone Pagodas: Adults 3,000 won Youth 2,000 won Children 1,000 won