Yeoju Headquarters Temple Complex
Yeoju Temple Complex is Daesoon Jinrihoe's headquarters. Originally, Junggok Temple Complex in Seoul had been used as the headquarters beginning in 1969. However, as the numbers of followers grew, the headquarters was moved to this location, here in Yeoju, back in 1993. Actually, it was at this time, that Daesoon Jinrihoe became known to people as the largest Korean new religion rooted in the ethnic traditions of Korea.
The temple complex was completed through two separate construction processes. The first one started in April of 1986. Surprisingly, it took just 4 months to complete all the buildings. After Yeongdae (which had previously been located in Bonggangjeon) was completed, a devotional offering ceremony was held on October 25th (lunar calender) in 1986 to commemorate its construction.
The second period of construction was from 1988 to 1990, and it was at that time, that buildings such as Bonjeon, Sihak-won, Sibeop-won, Jeongsim-won, and Daesoon Assembly Hall (the high-ground buildings behind Cheonggye Pagoda) were constructed. From that moment onwards, this temple complex started to have the dignity of a headquarters.
At Yeoju Headquarters, Holy Works (Gongbu) began at Summer Solstice in 1991 and are set to continue indefinitely. Three-day, two-night Educational Courses (Sugang) designed to help disciples improve their qualifications and increase their virtue have been offered at the headquarters since 1986. In addition, most devotional offering ceremonies and other key events are held here.
[ The Feng Shui of Yeoju HQ Temple Complex ]
Yeoju, the location of Yeoju Headquarters Temple Complex, is an area that the greatest geomancers of the Joseon Dynasty had identified as auspicious land, and as such, it went on to produce eight queens over the length of that dynasty including Empress Inhyeon and Empress Myeongseong. Yeoju is likewise the location of the royal tombs of King Sejong (Yeongneung 英陵) and King Hyojong (Yeongneung 寧陵). In addition, the land features of Yeoju Headquarters Temple Complex are characterized by the Earth phase governed gentle mountains behind it and the steadily-flowing Namhan River to its front. Interestingly, the river curves inwards towards the temple complex, bringing the river’s flow to a temporary pause just in front of the complex before enough momentum builds to carry the water onwards. For these reasons, the area is exemplary as a propitious site as it conforms to the Feng Shui ideal of being supported by a mountain while overlooking water.