Colonial Korea: Silleuksa Temple – 신륵사 (Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do)


Sillleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do from 1916.

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Silleuksa Temple is located in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do. The name of the temple means “Divine Bridle Temple,” in English, and it has to do with a legend that surrounds the temple. The name of the temple relates to a horse that was uncontrollable. The horse was reined in by the power of the Buddha.

Temple Stay: Hwaunsa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)


(Courtesy of the Hwaunsa Temple Facebook Page)

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Yongjusa Temple – 용주사 (Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do)


An overcast sky at Yongjusa Temple in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do.

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Sammaksa Temple/Sangbulam Hermitage – 삼막사/상불암 (Mt. Samseongsan, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do)

Sammaksa Temple

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Giuseppe back, with my third temple and yet another mountaintop temple. This time, Sammaksa Temple, “Three Curtain Temple,” near the peak of Mt. Samseongsan, “Three Saint Mountain.”

Waujeongsa Temple – 와우정사 (Yongin, Gyeonggi-do)


The eight metre tall Buddha head that greets you at Waujeongsa Temple in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do.

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Waujeongsa Temple, which is located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, was first established in 1970 by the monk Kim Hae-Geum. Kim was a displaced monk during the Korean War. The temple is a reflection of this displacement, as Waujeongsa Temple’s stated goal is the reunification of North and South Korea. It’s also the birthplace and headquarters to the highly unique Korean Buddhist Nirvana Order.

Silleuksa Temple – 신륵사 (Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do)


The beautifully scenic view at Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do.

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Yeonjuam Hermitage/Yeonjudae – 연주암/연주대 (Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do)


Yeonjudae, viewed from the look off

Throughout my years of living and traveling in Korea, I’ve always had a small collection of “comfort” places that I tried to get back to now and again, depending on where I lived. I appreciate the sense of intimacy that develops from this relationship with a place; getting to know some of the locals, enjoying a specific restaurant, finding hidden trails, knowing a place through the four seasons. Since moving to suburban Seoul, Yeonjuam Hermitage, and its spectacular Yeonjudae, perched on the edge of a sharp cliff, has been one of those places.

Temple Stay: Yongjoosa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)

(Courtesy of the Yongjoosa Temple Stay website).

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Introduction to the Temple:

Yongjoosa Temple (Dragon Jewel Temple) was first established in 1790 by King Jeongjo (r. 1752-1800) to honour his late father, Prince Sadosaeja (1735-1762). The temple was built on the former site of Galyangsa Temple, which was built in 854 A.D. The reason that the temple was built was to protect the royal tomb and to pray for King Jeongjo’s father’s soul, which were formally located in Yangju, Gyeonggi-do. The night before the opening ceremony to the temple, the King dreamed of a dragon holding a magic pearl in its mouth; and hence, the name for Yongjoosa Temple.

Temple Stay: Jeondeungsa Temple (Gyeonggi-do)


(Courtesy of the Jeondeungsa Temple Stay website)

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Yeongtong in the Spring

Well, it’s finally warming up enough for the magnolia trees and cherry blossoms to bloom.

After the long, brown, and colourless winter, the spring is always such a wonderful season (even with the yellow dust). The colours are so welcoming, and on a nice warm day like today it’s hard for me not to go for a wander around my neighbourhood and take a few pictures and share them with you.

Of course, the cherry blossoms, which are everywhere, always seem to really wait for the last minute to emerge. They almost tease you with one or two trees here and there coming out early, while the rest wait just until the right moment. I’m quite excited  about next week when all of the trees will be in their full spring splendour (yes, I know they’re bloody flowers on trees).

You can get an idea of what to expect from my post last year.

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