Details of the painting on the exterior of the hall
photos ©2000 Kerk Phillips
photo ©1994 from Taewonsa Book
Maitreya is the Buddha of the Future; the last of five earthly Buddhas that will appear on this earth. He dwells now in the Tusita heaven, where the historic Buddha dwelt before he was born. Maitreya is called "Mireuk" in Korean and was a very popular figure when Buddhism first came to Korea during the Three Kingdoms Period.