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A look through a window at the Minang-gak shaman shrine hall at Cheongryangsa Temple in Gangseo-gu, Busan.
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Cheongryangsa Temple is located in an industrial part of western Busan, and it’s surrounded on all sides by neighbouring factories. You first enter the compact temple grounds off of one of the industrial roads, as you pass through the Cheonwangmun Gate. Painted inside this gate are four murals of the Four Heavenly Kings. And adorning the ceiling are a set of swirling Biseon. On top of the gate is the temple’s towering bell pavilion.
As soon as you enter the temple grounds, and pass through the diminutive dirt parking lot, you’ll be greeted by the newer looking main hall. The main hall is surrounded by some of the more beautiful Palsang-do murals that you’ll find at any temple throughout Korea. As for the interior, and sitting under a yet to be painted canopy, are a triad of smaller sized statues. Sitting in the centre is Amita-bul (The Bodhisattva of the Western Paradise). He’s joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) and Daesaeji-bosal (The Wisdom and Power or Amita-bul). On the far right wall is a memorial shrine for the dead and to the far left is a guardian mural. And just behind the main hall is a seated statue of Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha).
In between the main hall and the temple bathroom is an ancient tree. Just behind this ancient tree are the monks’ dorms, kitchen, and visitors’ centre.
Perhaps the most unique aspect to the temple is the Minang-gak, which houses the usual shaman suspects, as well as another highly original painting. The Minang-gak shaman shrine hall is painted with various murals of the Shinseon (The Daoist Immortals). As for when you first step into the Minang-gak, you’ll be welcomed by a highly original mural of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). To the right of this mural is an older looking painting dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars). The next painting, and in the same style as the Sanshin mural, is a mural dedicated to Yongwang (The Dragon King). The final mural in the set of four is the Dangsan painting. This highly original mural is dedicated to a female spirit that protects the temple grounds and the surrounding area. It was formerly housed in a shrine all to its own before Cheongryangsa Temple was first established. With the creation of the temple, Cheongryangsa Temple simply absorbed the shrine dedicated to Dangsan and housed the painting dedicated to this feminine spirit alongside other shaman deities inside the Minang-gak.
HOW TO GET THERE: First, you’ll need to take the subway to the Hadan subway stop, #102, line one. Take exit number 3 and find the bus stop where you can take town bus #3 or #15. The bus is smaller in size, and you’ll need to take it for 7 stops. Get off at the Sachuideung (사취등) stop. Look for the temple signs and walk towards the temple for about three minutes. Either that or you can simply take a taxi from Hadan subway station. The ride will take about 7 minutes, depending on traffic, and cost you about 5,000 won.
OVERALL RATING: 6/10. While small in size, Cheongryangsa Temple has the most uncommon of shaman spirits housed in one of the more unusual of shaman shrine halls, the Minang-gak, in all of Korea. This shrine hall alone is worth the attempt to find Cheongryangsa Temple. However, couple this with the newly constructed main hall and the murals it sports, and you’ll have more than enough reason to visit this unknown temple in western Busan.
A look through the Cheonwangmun Gate at Cheongryangsa Temple.
Just one of the Four Heavenly Kings housed inside the Cheonwangmun Gate.
The swirling set of Biseon painted on the ceiling of the Cheonwangmun Gate.
A look up at the Cheonwangmun Gate and just some of the trees that line the temple grounds.
A look at the newly built main hall at Cheongryangsa Temple.
Just one of the masterful Palsang-do murals that adorns the exterior walls along the main hall.
A look inside the main hall at the main altar.
A statue of Mireuk-bul that sits in back of the main hall.
The monks’ residence at the temple.
Finally, a look at the Minang-gak shaman shrine hall at Cheongryangsa Temple.
Just one of the Shinseon murals that adorns the shaman shrine hall.
The earthy image of Sanshin inside the Minang-gak.
A look at the other three murals that make up the shaman set of paintings.
A closer look at the Dangsan mural inside the Minang-gak.
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Exploring the Bamboo Forest is one of the must-dos in Ulsan City. I've been in Ulsan for almost a month and in my opinion, Ulsan is nothing but mountains & lakes.
Today, I spent the whole afternoon with Kimchi boy in the Bamboo Forest. Bad choice because it was scorching hot (~33degrees) today. I would have enjoyed this place much better if the weather was cooler.
We are both very tan now because of playing too much under the sun. This is my first time actually enjoying summer. I've been fair almost all my life.
We had lunch in a Japanese ramen shop near Ulsan University. Kimchi boy stays near the university right now so that it is cheaper and faster to get to where I live (in UNIST's dorms). A KTX ticket from Daejeon to Ulsan costs about ₩28,000.. while bus fare is probably ₩1,200 from his place to mine.
He is waiting patiently while I take a picture. LOL
Shopping streets nearby Ulsan University.
I have neglected this blog for some weeks now, mostly because I have some projects that require a lot of my attention and energy.
I am in the process of selling/letting go of my school.
I have received another opportunity into my lap a few months ago, I thought I could combine my school with the new opportunity, but I was dreaming. So I had to make a choice, keep my school or go for the other project.
Since I am someone who loves challenges and risk, the choice was quickly made, I will go for the new opportunity.
Currently, I have an interested party in taking over my school. Nothing is set in stone, but steps are being made.
It took me some time and effort, but I got an incubation office from the Seoul Global Center, and that is a big push in the right direction.
This blog is based on my experience in running a school, so this change has a direct effect on it. The concept of this blog will change too. It will become a blog about doing business in Korea from the ground. I will share my experiences in hitting the pavement and trying to develop the market.
Lately, a lot of hits have come from searchers about the LOR. I might write one more article debating the LOR, but I am sure the details on the LOR will change coming January, mostly because the principals of the LOR are a disgrace.
I am still open for people to ask me questions related to my business experience in running a school in South Korea.
Toolbox (툴박스) 2nd is absolutely best burger place in Korea. I even fantasize about traveling to Ulsan just to experience one more bun and patty combination. I feel like it’s worth the trip. The chef seems to put a lot of effort into his food, and only cooks an item if he has all the ingredients available.
Toolbox offers burgers, sandwiches, and salads. I love the interior. With black walls and wood tables, it feels open and welcoming. Lots of cute touches like record coasters and animal salt and pepper shakers.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 10:30 pm in Seongnam-dong (Shinae/Old Downtown). From the Shinae Clock Tower (Shigae-tap), with your back to the river/walking street, walk against the traffic flow for one block, and then turn right. At the next intersection, turn left. Just past the alley to JJ’s, Toolbox is on the right-hand side of the street.
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This time we taste a famous Korean ice cream bar – the 돼지 바 Dwegi Bar! Is it good?! Why would they call it a pig bar? We have no idea!