Type : National Treasure No. 292
Title : Sangwonsa Temple Jungchang Kwonseonmun Writing Classification : Sutra - copying
Quantity : 2 books
Designation Date : January 1, 1997.
Location : Woljeongsa Temple Seongbo Museum
Period : King Sejo in Joseon Dynasty
Possessor : Woljeongsa Temple
Manager : Woljeongsa Temple
The Sangwonsa Temple's 'Jungchang Kwonseonmun Writing' (or, a refurbished letter for good deeds) is a writing which Buddhist Monk Hyegakjonja Shinmi, a teacher of King Sejo in the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910) wrote with Hakyeol and Hakjo in the 10th year of the king's reign after hearing of the refurbishment of the Sangwonsa Temple to pray for the kings's long life. The Ven. Hyegakjonja and his other co-writers received the purport of the writing and a royal bounty including rice, cotton, hemp cloth and iron granted by King Sejoceived Shinmi,King Sejo and wrote 2 books, which are each translated into the original Chinese and Korean languages.
The Korean-translated version is famous for its oldest manuscript. This Jungchang Kwonseonmun Writing is a historic material which sheds light on the relationship between King Sejo and the Sangwonsa Temple, and between him and his teacher, Buddhist Monk Shinmi, and is evaluated to be of great value in studying the Korean literature of the time as well.
There are many Hangeul(or Korean alphabet) literature which were printed in wood block-engraving or in type print after creating the Hunminjeongeum, the original name of Hangeul, but this Jungchang Kwonseonmun Writing is written directly in muk, or Chinese black ink and is the oldest among the handwritten writings written by the King himself. For that reason and further, because of its perfectly good-shaped preservation, it serves as a valuable material in studying the Hangeul typeface of the early day after its creation. Also, because in addition to the writing, there are the hand-written signatures of King Sejo and his crown prince, well-known learned monks and lots of scholars of the time, the Jungchang Kwonseonmun Writing can be largely used as research data for Korea's hand-written signatures.