The Top 108 Buddhist Temples of Korea
These are the 108 most important Buddhist monasteries of all Korea (including the northern
territories now controlled by the DPRK), as judged by the members of the Jogye Order of Korean
Buddhism, not including other orders; these are their main pilgrimage destinations, and many
members make it a goal to visit all of them at least once, at least those within South Korea.  All of
them are among the roughly 1100 "traditional temples", meaning founded before 1900 CE, save
for one -- Jogye-sa (f. 1910), now the national headquarters temple in downtown Seoul; it is also
one of the few that are not located on a sacred mountain, hill or cliff.  There are several major and
important temples built in South Korea in the late 20th century, and two traditional temples serving
as headquarters for other orders, that are notably not on this list.

Three on the list are in the North -- and this selection can be disputed, wondering why Geumgang-
san Pohyun-sa, Bodeok-am & Sambul-sa, and Chilbo-san Gaeshim-sa are not included....? (probably
just for reaching exactly 108).  The once-very-important Myohyang-san Bohyeon-sa is included on the
poster below but not in the online Jogye listing, and I did add onto my own list.

I myself have visited 100 out of the 105 of these temples in the South.  There is also some legitimate
quibbling about the southern listing; and I have included at the end my own opinions of which should
be cut from this list or included on it, then arranged my own list, which I believe to be superior.  I have
corrected some mistakes using other Jogye Order sources, and added some locational information
where it is useful for the less-known sites.

108 is a very holy number in global Buddhism, and a strong tradition within Korea; it is the number of
Vows taken by Amita Buddha and
Gwansum-bosal the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  Korean and other
Buddhists often perform 108 prostrations as a devotional & meditative practice, there are 108 stone
steps leading up to several sacred shrines, and so-forth.

Anyway, this list can be considered a fairly reliable guide to which Korean Buddhist monasteries
are the most-worth-visiting, also among the largest and most religiously-important in the entire nation.
They are listed here North-to-South, grouped by provinces as on the poster-map, not any order of
relative importance; and they are named by the mountain that hosts them, in the traditional style.  
Click on the name to see my photos of and commentary on that temple, its host mountain and its
Sanshin shrines.
9 of these are designated on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites List as-of 2018 -- see this page.
Gyeonggi-do Province, Seoul and Incheon Cities:   (18)

Soyo-san  Jajae-am                                                      소요산 자재암

Namyangju City Unak-san  Bongseon-sa                             남양주시 운악산 봉선사

Surak-san  Doan-sa                                                      수락산 도안사

Samgak-san  Doseon-sa                                               삼각산 도선사

Samgak-san  Hwagye-sa                                               삼각산 화계사

Samgak-san Gyeongguk-sa                                          삼각산 경국사  

Downtown Seoul Bugak-san  Jogye-sa                                서월시내 부각산 조계사

Seokmo Island Sangbong-san  Bomun-sa                           석모도 상봉산 보문사

Mani-san Jeonjuk-bong  Jeondeung-sa                         마니산 전죽봉 전등사

Gangnam-gu Sudo-san  Bongeun-sa                                  강남구 수도산 봉은사

Gwanak-san  Yeonju-am                                               관악산 연주암

Yongmun-san  Yongmun-sa                                          용문산 용문사

Yongin City Seongryun-san  Yongdeok-sa                         용인시 성륜산 용던사

Suwon City Paldal-gu Gwanggyo-san  Bongnyeong-sa          수원시 팔달구 광교산 봉령사

Suwon City Hwaseong Hwa-san  Yongju-sa                           수원시 화성 화산 용주사

Yeoju City Hyemok-san  Godal-saji                                    여주시 혜목산 고달사지

Yeoju City Namhan River Bongmi-san  Shilleuk-sa                  여주시 남한강 봉미산 신륵사

Ansan City Chilhyeon-san  Chiljang-sa                              안산시 칠현산 칠장사
A poster of the "Great 108" made by the Layperson's Association of Samgak-san Doseon-sa.
My own opinion is,
I would exclude these 13 from the List as less important:

Jeongbang-san  Seongbul-sa  (NK)                       정방사 성불사
(in fact I will exclude all NK temples, as currently "inactive" and very difficult if not impossible
for many pilgrims to visit.  I do like the "All of Korea" theme, but in this case it's inappropriate;
a Great 108 listing from only the South seems best)
Duta-san Gwaneum-am                                         두타산 관음암
Surak-san  Doan-sa                                               수락산 도안사
Yongin City Seongryun-san  Yongdeok-sa                  용인시 성륜산 용던사
Suwon City Paldal-gu Gwanggyo-san  Bongnyeong-sa   수원시 팔달구 광교산 봉령사
Yeoju City Hyemok-san  Godal-saji                             여주시 혜목산 고달사지
  (ruins of once-great temples not-rebuilt should be excluded, along with Iksan Mireuk-saji & Gyeongju Hwangryong-saji)
Jecheon Deoksan-myeon Waryong-san  Gosan-sa           제천 덕산면 와룡산 고산사
Yeongdong County Cheontae-san  Yeongguk-sa           영동군 천태산 영국사
Naepo Gaya-san Sangwang-san  Gaeshim-sa                     내포 가야산 상왕산 개심사
Palgong-san  Sudo-sa                                           팔공산 수도사
Toham-san  Gameun-saji                                       토함산 감은사지
Gokseong-gun Seongdeok-san Gwaneum-sa              곡성군 성덕산 관음사
Yeosu Yeongchui-san  Heungguk-sa                        여수시 영취산 흥국사

and I would include these onto the List:
(some in same area are grouped-together to maintain the 108)
Taebaek-san Manggyeong-sa                         대백산 망경사
Dobong-san  Mangwol-sa                               도봉산 망월사
Southwestern Samgak-san Cluster of             서남 삼각산
Heungguk-sa, Samcheon-sa & Jingwan-sa    흥국사, 삼천사 & 진관사
added to Samgak-san Gyeongguk-sa
Bulam-san  Bulam-sa                                      불암산 불암사
An-san  Bongwon-sa                                       안산 봉원사
Worak-san  Deokju-sa                                     월악산 덕주사
Poam-san Mireuk-saji                                      포암산 미륵사지
Toham-san Hamwol-bong  Gogul-sa               토함산 함월봉 고굴사
Nam-san  Bori-sa                                             남산 보리사
Nam-san  Chilbul-am                                       남산 칠불암
Jiri-san  Beopgye-sa, Naewon-sa,                    지리산 법계사, 내원사,  
Daewon-sa & Byeoksong-sa                              대원사, 벽송사
Jogye-san  Seonam-sa                                    조계산 선암사
and, Ma-i-san Tap-sa & Eunsu-sa                   마이산 탑사 & 은수사
should be added to go with Ma-i-san Geumdang-sa
North Korea excluding Gangwon-do:  (1)

Jeongbang-san  Seongbul-sa  (NK)                              정방사 성불사

Gangwon-do Province:   (15)

Geumgang-san  Shingye-sa  (NK)                                금강산 신계사

Goseong County Geumgang-san Geonbong-sa                   고성군 금강산 건봉사

Seorak-san  Shinheung-sa                                            설악산 신흥사

Seorak-san  Baekdam-sa                                              설악산 백담사

Seorak-san  Bongjeong-am                                           설악산 봉정암

Yangyang County Obong-san  Naksan-sa with Hongryeon-am     양양군 오봉산 낙산사 & 홍련암

Chuncheon City Obong-san  Cheongpyeong-sa                  춘천시 오봉산 천평사

Odae-san  Sangwon-sa                                                오대산 상원사

Odae-san  Woljeong-sa                                                오대산 월정사

Duta-san Samhwa-sa                                                    두타산 삼화사

Duta-san Gwaneum-am                                                두타산 관음암

Chiak-san  Guryong-sa                                                 치악산 구룡사

Saja-san  Beopheung-sa                                               사자산 법흥사

Taebaek-san (Hambaek-san) Jeongam-sa                         태백산 정암사

Yeongwol County Taebaek-san  Bodeok-sa                          영월군 태백산 보덕사
Jeju Province:   (1)

Halla-san Gwaneum-sa                                                 한라산 관음사  
The semi-official Jogye Order List:
roughly north-to-south, by province
North Chungcheong Province:   (3)

Jecheon Deoksan-myeon Waryong-san  Gosan-sa                  제천 덕산면 와룡산 고산사

Sogni-san  Beobju-sa                                                    속리산 법주사

Yeongdong County Cheontae-san  Yeongguk-sa                  영동군 천태산 영국사
South Chungcheong Province with Daejeon City:   (12)

Cheonan City Taejo-san  Gakwon-sa                                  천안시 태조산 각원사

Cheonan Gwangdeok-san  Gwangdeok-sa                       천안 광덕산 관덕사

Naepo Gaya-san Sangwang-san  Gaeshim-sa                     내포 가야산 상왕산 개심사

Gongju City Taehwa-san  Magok-sa                                   공주시 태화산 마곡사

Deoksung-san  Sudeok-sa                                             덕숭산  수덕사

Gyeryong-san  Gap-sa                                                   계룡산  갑사

Gyeryong-san  Donghak-sa                                           계룡산 동학사

Gyeryong-san  Shinwon-sa                                            계룡산 신원사

Chilgap-san  Janggok-sa                                               칠갑산 장곡산

Buyeo City Buso-san  Gosan-sa                                         부여시 부소산 고란사

Buyeo City Mansu-san  Muryang-sa                                   부여시 만수산 무량사

Nonsan City Banya-san  Gwanchok-sa                               논산시 반야산 관촉사
North Gyeongsang Province, with Daegu City:   (28)

Taebaek-san  Buseok-sa                                               태백산 부석사

Uljin County Cheonchuk-san  Bulyeong-sa                         울진군 천축산 불영사

Sobaek-san  Huibang-sa                                               소백산 휘방사

Mungyeong County Undal-san  Kimryong-sa                         문경군 운달산 김룡사

Mungyeong County Sabul-san  Daeseung-sa                        문경군 사불산 대승사

Mungyeong County Heuiyang-san  Bongam-sa                     문경군 희양산 봉암사

Hwangak-san  Jikji-sa                                                    황악산 직지사

Sudo-san  Cheongam-sa & Sudo-am                            수도산 청암사 & 수도암

Andong City Hakka-san Cheondeung-bong Bongjeong-sa          안동시 학가산 천등봉 봉정사

Euiseong County Deungun-san  Goun-sa                             의성군 등운산 고운사

Juwang-san  Daejeon-sa                                               주왕산 대전사

Gumi City Taejo-san  Dori-sa                                             구미시 태조산 도리사

Gumi City Geumo-san  Haeun-sa                                      구미시 금오산 해운사

Palgong-san  Sudo-sa                                                    팔공산 수도사  

Palgong-san  Donghwa-sa                                             팔공산 동화사

Palgong-san  Eunhae-sa                                                팔공산 은해사

Palgong-san  Geojo-am                                                 팔공산 거조암

Palgong-san  Pagye-sa                                                  팔공산 파계사

Palgong-san  Seonbon-sa (
Gat-bawi-bulsang)                팔공산 선본사 (갓바위불상)

Biseul-san  Yongyeon-sa                                                비슬산 용연사  

Unmun-san  Unmun-sa                                                  운문산 운문사

Gyeongju City 경주시 ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom:

Pohang City Naeyeon-san  Bogyeong-sa                            포항시 내연산 보경사

Nak-san  Bunhwang-sa                                                  낙산 분황사

Toham-san  Bulguk-sa                                                   토함산 불국사

Toham-san  Seokgul-am                                                토함산 석굴암

Toham-san Hamwol-bong  Girim-sa                              토함산 함월봉 기림사

Toham-san Unje-bong  Oeo-sa                                      토함산 운제봉 오어사

Toham-san  Gameun-saji                                               토함산 감은사지
North Jeolla Province:   (9)

Wanju-gun County Jongnam-san Songgwang-sa                  완주군 종남산 송광사

Muju Deogyu-san Jeokseong-san  Anguk-sa                         무주 덕유산 적성산 안국사

Muju Deogyu-san  Baegryeon-sa                                     무주 더규산 백련사

Moak-san  Geumsan-sa                                                 모악산 금산사

Ma-i-san Geumdang-sa                                                  마이산 금당사

Byeon-san  Naeso-sa                                                     변산 내소사

Seonun-san  Seonun-sa                                                선운산 선운사

Naejang-san  Naejang-sa                                              내장산 내장사

Jiri-san  Shilsang-sa                                                      지리산 실상사
South Gyeongsang Province with Busan City:   (9)

Gaya-san  Haein-sa                                                       가야산 해인사

Gaji-san  Seoknam-sa                                                   가지산 석남사

Miryang County Jaeyak-san  Pyochung-sa                           미량군 재약산 표충사

Yangsan Cheonseong-san  Naewon-sa                             양산 천성산 내원사

Yangsan Yeongchuk-san Tongdo-sa                                 양산 영축산 통도사

Jiri-san Samshin-bong  Ssanggye-sa                             지리산 삼신봉 쌍계사

Geumjeong-san Beomeo-sa                                          금정산 범어사

Yeonhwa-san  Okcheon-sa                                            연화산 옥천사

Namhae-do Geum-san  Bori-am                                     남해도 금산 보리암
South Jeolla Province with Gwangju City:  (12)

Naejang-san  Baegyang-sa                                            내장산 백양사

Jiri-san  Cheoneun-sa                                                    지리산 천은사

Jiri-san  Yeongok-sa                                                      지리산 연곡사

Jiri-san  Hwaeom-sa                                                      지리산 화엄사

Hwasun County Cheonbul-san  Unju-sa                              화순군 천불산 운주사

Jogye-san Songgwang-sa                                             조계산 송광사

Wolchul-san  Dogap-sa                                                  월출산 도갑사

Wolchul-san  Muwi-sa                                                   월출산 무의사

Gokseong-gun Seongdeok-san Gwaneum-sa                     곡성군 성덕산 관음사

Duryun-san  Daeheung-sa                                             두륜산 대흥사

Yeosu Yeongchui-san  Heungguk-sa                               여수시 영취산 흥국사

Yeosu Dolsan Island Geumo-san  Hyangil-am                       여수 돌산도 금오산 향일암
Gyeonggi-do Province, Seoul and Incheon Cities:   (17)

Soyo-san  Jajae-am                                                      소요산 자재암

Namyangju City Unak-san  Bongseon-sa                             남양주시 운악산 봉선사

Dobong-san  Mangwol-sa                                              도봉산 망월사

Bulam-san  Bulam-sa                                                    불암산 불암사

Samgak-san  Doseon-sa                                                삼각산 도선사

Samgak-san  Hwagye-sa                                               삼각산 화계사

Southwestern Samgak-san Cluster, 4 as one item:
Samgak-san  Heungguk-sa and Gyeongguk-sa             삼각산 흥국사, 경국사
Samgak-san  Samcheon-sa and Jingwan-sa                  삼각산 삼천사, 진관사

An-san  Bongwon-sa                                                      안산 봉원사

Downtown Seoul Bugak-san  Jogye-sa                                서월시내 부각산 조계사

Seokmo Island Sangbong-san  Bomun-sa                           석모도 상봉산 보문사

Mani-san Jeonjuk-bong  Jeondeung-sa                         마니산 전죽봉 전등사

Gangnam-gu Sudo-san  Bongeun-sa                                  강남구 수도산 봉은사

Gwanak-san  Yeonju-am                                               관악산 연주암

Yongmun-san  Yongmun-sa                                          용문산 용문사

Suwon City / Hwaseong Hwa-san  Yongju-sa                          수원시 화성 화산 용주사

Yeoju City Namhan River Bongmi-san  Shilleuk-sa                  여주시 남한강 봉미산 신륵사

Ansan City Chilhyeon-san  Chiljang-sa                              안산시 칠현산 칠장사
Gangwon-do Province:   (14)

Goseong County Geumgang-san Geonbong-sa                   고성군 금강산 건봉사

Seorak-san  Shinheung-sa                                            설악산 신흥사

Seorak-san  Baekdam-sa                                              설악산 백담사

Seorak-san  Bongjeong-am                                           설악산 봉정암

Yangyang County Obong-san  Naksan-sa with Hongryeon-am     양양군 오봉산 낙산사 & 홍련암

Chuncheon City Obong-san  Cheongpyeong-sa                  춘천시 오봉산 천평사

Odae-san  Sangwon-sa                                                오대산 상원사

Odae-san  Woljeong-sa                                                오대산 월정사

Duta-san  Samhwa-sa                                                  두타산 삼화사

Chiak-san  Guryong-sa                                                 치악산 구룡사

Saja-san  Beopheung-sa                                              사자산 법흥사

Taebaek-san (Hambaek-san) Jeongam-sa                        태백산 정암사

Yeongwol County Taebaek-san  Bodeok-sa                         영월군 태백산 보덕사

Taebaek-san Manggyeong-sa                                       대백산 망경사
Jeju Province:   (1)

Halla-san Gwaneum-sa                                                 한라산 관음사  
North Chungcheong Province:   (3)

Worak-san  Deokju-sa                                                   월악산 덕주사

Poam-san Mireuk-saji                                                    포암산 미륵사지

Sogni-san  Beobju-sa                                                    속리산 법주사
South Chungcheong Province with Daejeon City:   (11)

Cheonan City Taejo-san  Gakwon-sa                                  천안시 태조산 각원사

Cheonan Gwangdeok-san  Gwangdeok-sa                       천안 광덕산 관덕사

Gongju City Taehwa-san  Magok-sa                                   공주시 태화산 마곡사

Deoksung-san  Sudeok-sa                                             덕숭산  수덕사

Gyeryong-san  Gap-sa                                                   계룡산  갑사

Gyeryong-san  Donghak-sa                                           계룡산 동학사

Gyeryong-san  Shinwon-sa                                            계룡산 신원사

Chilgap-san  Janggok-sa                                               칠갑산 장곡산

Buyeo City Buso-san  Gosan-sa                                         부여시 부소산 고란사

Buyeo City Mansu-san  Muryang-sa                                   부여시 만수산 무량사

Nonsan City Banya-san  Gwanchok-sa                               논산시 반야산 관촉사
North Gyeongsang Province, with Daegu City:   (28)

Taebaek-san  Buseok-sa                                               태백산 부석사

Uljin County Cheonchuk-san  Bulyeong-sa                        울진군 천축산 불영사

Sobaek-san  Huibang-sa                                               소백산 휘방사

Mungyeong County Undal-san  Kimryong-sa                         문경군 운달산 김룡사

Mungyeong County Sabul-san  Daeseung-sa                        문경군 사불산 대승사

Mungyeong County Heuiyang-san  Bongam-sa                     문경군 희양산 봉암사

Hwangak-san  Jikji-sa                                                    황악산 직지사

Sudo-san  Cheongam-sa & Sudo-am                            수도산 청암사 & 수도암

Andong City Hakka-san Cheondeung-bong Bongjeong-sa      안동시 학가산 천등봉 봉정사

Euiseong County Deungun-san  Goun-sa                            의성군 등운산 고운사

Juwang-san  Daejeon-sa                                               주왕산 대전사

Gumi City Taejo-san  Dori-sa                                             구미시 태조산 도리사

Gumi City Geumo-san  Haeun-sa                                      구미시 금오산 해운사

Palgong-san  Donghwa-sa                                             팔공산 동화사

Palgong-san  Eunhae-sa                                                팔공산 은해사

Palgong-san  Geojo-am                                                  팔공산 거조암

Palgong-san  Pagye-sa                                                  팔공산 파계사

Palgong-san  Seonbon-sa (
Gat-bawi)                            팔공산 선본사 (갓바위)

Biseul-san  Yongyeon-sa                                               비슬산 용연사  

Unmun-san  Unmun-sa                                                  운문산 운문사

Gyeongju City 경주시 ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom:

Pohang City Naeyeon-san  Bogyeong-sa                           포항시 내연산 보경사

Nak-san  Bunhwang-sa                                                 낙산 분황사

Toham-san  Bulguk-sa                                                  토함산 불국사

Toham-san  Seokgul-am                                               토함산 석굴암

Toham-san Hamwol-bong  Girim-sa                              토함산 함월봉 기림사

Toham-san Hamwol-bong  Gogul-sa                             토함산 함월봉 고굴사

Toham-san Unje-bong  Oeo-sa                                     토함산 운제봉 오어사

Nam-san  Bori-sa and Chilbul-am                                  남산 보리사 & 칠불암
North Jeolla Province:   (10)

Wanju-gun County Jongnam-san Songgwang-sa                  완주군 종남산 송광사

Muju Deogyu-san Jeokseong-san  Anguk-sa                        무주 덕유산 적성산 안국사

Muju Deogyu-san  Baegryeon-sa                                     무주 더규산 백련사

Ma-i-san  Tap-sa & Eunsu-sa                                        마이산 탑사 & 은수사

Ma-i-san  Geumdang-sa                                                마이산 금당사

Moak-san  Geumsan-sa                                                 모악산 금산사

Byeon-san  Naeso-sa                                                     변산 내소사

Seonun-san  Seonun-sa                                                선운산 선운사

Naejang-san  Naejang-sa                                              내장산 내장사

Jiri-san  Shilsang-sa                                                      지리산 실상사
South Gyeongsang Province with Busan City:   (11)

Gaya-san  Haein-sa                                                       가야산 해인사

Gaji-san  Seoknam-sa                                                   가지산 석남사

Miryang County Jaeyak-san  Pyochung-sa                          미량군 재약산 표충사

Yangsan Cheonseong-san  Naewon-sa                            양산 천성산 내원사

Yangsan Yeongchuk-san Tongdo-sa                                양산 영축산 통도사

Jiri-san  Beopgye-sa                                                      지리산 법계사

Jiri-san  Daewon-sa                                                       지리산 내원사

Jiri-san Samshin-bong  Ssanggye-sa                            지리산 삼신봉 쌍계사

Geumjeong-san Beomeo-sa                                          금정산 범어사

Yeonhwa-san  Okcheon-sa                                            연화산 옥천사

Namhae-do Geum-san  Bori-am                                     남해도 금산 보리암
South Jeolla Province with Gwangju City:  (13)

Naejang-san  Baegyang-sa                                            내장산 백양사

Jiri-san  Cheoneun-sa                                                    지리산 천은사

Jiri-san  Yeongok-sa                                                      지리산 연곡사

Jiri-san  Hwaeom-sa                                                      지리산 화엄사

Hwasun County Cheonbul-san  Unju-sa                              화순군 천불산 운주사

Jogye-san Songgwang-sa                                             조계산 송광사

Jogye-san  Seonam-sa                                                 조계산 선암사

Wolchul-san  Dogap-sa                                                  월출산 도갑사

Wolchul-san  Muwi-sa                                                   월출산 무의사

Duryun-san  Daeheung-sa                                             두륜산 대흥사

Yeosu Dolsan Island Geumo-san  Hyangil-am                       여수 돌산도 금오산 향일암
These 20th Century Temples are large and now-important enough that
they would qualify to be on such a list, if modern temples were included:

Seoul Dongmyo-area Myogak-sa with Anyang-am    묘각사 & 안양암
Sobaek-san Shinseon-bong  Guin-sa              소백산 신선봉 구인사
Busan City Gijang-myeon Haedong Yonggung-sa     부산시 기장면 해동 용궁사
Busan City Cheontae-jong Samgwang-sa                  부산시 천태종 삼광사
Jeju-do Halla-san  Seondeok-sa                         제주도 한라산  선덕사
Jeju-do Seogwipo Yakcheon-sa                              제주도 서귀포 약천사
Then, David A. Mason's unofficial List:
(great modern temples not included)
roughly north-to-south, by province