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Avalokitesvara Hall (Gwanum-jeon or Wontong-jeon)
This hall is dedicated to Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Avalokitesvara (Gwanseeum Bosal), the Bodhisattva of compassion, is the most popular figure in Korean and Mahayana Buddhism. Avalokitesvara is generally depicted as female in East Asia and is known for her infinite compassion. Her name translates as “one who observes/regards the sounds of the world.” That is, she responds to the cries of those in need of help. She is sometimes depicted with a thousand hands and eyes which are symbolic of her great desire to help the suffering of sentient beings.
- excerpt from Buddhist English (Elementary 1) published in 2014 by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism