Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bongeunsa Temple

A five dollar bus ride took us 100km to Seoul on Saturday. Our very first trip to Seoul included our first of what will be many temple visits. (And the first of 1000's of temple photos I'm sure.) Bongeunsa is about 1200 years old but after the Korean War and a fire, most of the original buildings were destroyed. Most of the ones standing here have been rebuilt in the last 30 years so it gives a you good idea of what the buildings would have looked like in their heyday.

The detail on the ceilings and roofs is incredible!

If you click on the photos they should enlarge:

Shawna and I hope to come back here at night sometime to see all of the million hanging lanterns and lights when they're lit up.

We took a little video, too. In one building the monks were meditating and in another we could hear their drum practice.

Bongeunsa offered a temple stay program. Maybe on vacation we could sign up. I'm sure it would be an enlightening experience!

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