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Korean nicknames – Terms to use to address your friends

In this article, we will teach you various Korean nicknames. Do you have a nickname? What do you like to be called, and what do others call you if it’s not your birth name? Just like us all, even Koreans like to give each other nicknames.

A person holding a sign with a question mark in front of his face

It can be to show affection, to distinguish two people with the same name from each other, or simply be that someone prefers to be called by a different name than the one on their birth certificate.

How to say “nickname” in Korean

The word for “nickname” in the Korean language is 별명 (byeolmyeong). You may use this Korean word to ask your friends about their nicknames or when you want to ask them to create one.

You might have heard characters in K-dramas call each other by nicknames too. What kinds of nicknames are common and popular in South Korea? And is there a particular way in which they are formed? What kind of a Korean nickname could you give yourself? And are there certain situations where they are more likely to be used? Let’s find out!

How to come up with Korean nicknames

A nickname is formed based on the person’s name but also on other qualities, like appearance, behavior, expression, and personality. Sometimes a nickname may even be based on one’s career! And because you need to have a certain kind of a bond with someone to commonly call them by their first name, a birthname can also be considered a nickname among Koreans.

Depending on the nickname, it can arouse either positive or negative emotions, especially in the person whose nickname it is. Typically the response is positive when the creator of the nickname is the person who is called by it.

However, when it is others who have picked out the nickname, the reaction can become more negative. Especially it may be so if there were malicious or teasing elements behind the nickname’s creation. It is a shame some of them get created in such a manner, as they are ultimately meant to be fun and affectionate nicknames.

List of common Korean nicknames

How you address friends or call a person defines the relationship you have. In the same way, Koreans also give each other nicknames out of affection, among other reasons. As mentioned above, Korean nicknames, just like any other nicknames in the world, have various sources. These are commonly based on someone’s appearance, behavior, expression, and personality.

If you’re looking for Korean terms of endearment used by married couples or those in romantic relationships, then we have an extensive list of the most popular Korean terms of endearment in this article. You’ll find Korean terms like baby, princess, honey, darling, and other sweet words used by Korean couples.

For now, let’s learn the popular Korean nicknames below!

Korean nicknames based on appearance

To start, below are the most popular Korean words used as nicknames which are based on a person’s appearance.

Energy poles (for tall people)전봇대 (jeonbotdae)
High legs (for tall people)키다리 (kidari)
Long legs (for tall people)롱다리 (longdari)
Ostrich (for tall people)타조 (tajo)
Peanut (for short people)땅콩 (ttangkong)
Pororo (for people wearing glasses)뽀로로 (ppororo)
Short legs (for short people)숏다리 (syotdari)
Small child (for short people)꼬맹이 (kkomaengi)
Small child (for short people)땅꼬마 (ttangkkoma)

Korean nicknames based on abilities

Below are Korean nicknames that describe a person’s ability.

Cheetah (for fast people)치타 (chita)
Laziness (for slow people)느림보 (neurimbo)
Snail (for slow people)달팽이 (dalpaengi)
Turbo (for fast people)터보 (teobo)
Turtle (for slow people)거북이 (geoboki)

Korean nicknames that are cool, funny, or unique

If you’re into the more unique and cute nicknames, below is the list for you.

Armful아름 (areum)
Azalea진달래 (jindallae)
Beckoning지호 (jiho)
Butterfly나비 (nabi)
Clove pink카네이션 (kaneisyeon)
Coffin관 (gwan)
Daisy데이지 (deiji)
Dalhia달리아 (dallia)
Dandelion민들레 (mindeulle)
Day하루 (haru)
Our puppy우리 강아지 (uri gangaji)
Pansy팬지 (paenji)
Paper weight서진 (seojin)
Peony모란 (moran)
Poetical friend시우 (siu)
Poppy양귀비 (yanggwibi)
Powerful힘찬 (himchan)
Praise찬미 (chanmi)
Prince왕자님 (wangjanim)
Princess공주님 (gongjunim)
Ruler; idiot치자 (chija)
Runner-up준우 (junu)
Sea, ocean바다 (bada)
Shooter사격수 (sagyeoksu)
Sir, Lord경 (gyeong)
Sky, heaven하늘 (haneul)
Star별 (byeol)
Sunflower해바라기 (haebaragi)
Teardrop이슬 (iseul)
Tree나무 (namu)
Tsunami해일 (haeil)
Tulip튤립 (tyullip)
Violet, purple보라 (bora)

How to create your own Korean nickname

When creating your own nickname, remember that it is a way to identify and describe yourself. So, choose a nickname that is positive and fits you well. It can be based on a personality trait, ability, or a part of your appearance. It could also be a play on your name, for example.

You may go for a unique or cute nickname like some of the ones presented above, but you can also list down some Korean names and choose one to serve as your nickname – and it can double as your Korean name, too! We have an article dedicated to Korean names you can look up for more information.

Oftentimes, when coming up with a Korean name, people choose and create names that resemble their own birth name. However, it is also totally possible for you to create a name and a nickname that is vastly different from your name. If possible, you can also ask your Korean friends for help in creating one or perhaps even have them create it for you.

Wrap Up

Would you, too, like to have a Korean nickname? How wonderful! Now you know the Korean term that you can start calling your best friend, classmate, or older brother, for example. Having one brings you a step closer to experiencing the Korean culture.

We hope that you have the best time with it! Whether you’re thinking of Korean terms of endearment or Korean nicknames, share them with us below in the comments!

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Templestay – Bulguksa Temple (Gyeongju)

The Beautiful Front Facade to Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju.

Introduction to Temple

Bulguksa Temple is arguably Korea’s most famous temple. It’s located in eastern Gyeongju, and it’s situated in the foothills of Mt. Tohamsan (745 m). Bulguksa Temple means “Buddha Kingdom Temple” in English. Bulguksa Temple was first constructed in 528 A.D., which was the first year that Buddhism was officially accepted by the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.) during the reign of King Beopheung of Silla (r. 514-540 A.D.). Originally, the temple was named Beopryusa Temple or Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple.

Then nearly two hundred years later, the Bulguksa Temple that we know of today was first started in 742 A.D. The design and financial backing of the newly built Bulguksa Temple came from Prime Minster Kim Daeseong (700-774 A.D.). However, before the temple could be completed, Kim Daeseong died in 774 A.D., and Bulguksa Temple was completed during the reign of King Hyegong of Silla (r. 765 – 780 A.D.). It was at this time that Bulguksa Temple was given its current name.

Throughout the temple’s long history, Bulguksa Temple has been destroyed multiple times including the first time in the late 13th century by the invading Mongols. Later, the temple was reconstructed and renovated several times during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Bulguksa Temple was destroyed, once more, by the invading Japanese during the Imjin War (1592-1598). After its 1593 destruction, another major reconstruction took place at Bulguksa Temple in 1604. And in 1700, the original layout of the temple was completely restored. It was in 1805 that Bulguksa Temple fell into disrepair and was looted by robbers.

Bulguksa Temple was then initially repaired during the early part of Japanese Colonial Rule (1910-1945) from 1918 to 1925. It was further renovated from 1934 and 1935. Then after the Japanese Colonial Rule came to an end, an extensive restoration took place from 1963 to 1973 under President Park Chung-hee (1917-1979). In total, some 24 buildings were renovated and rebuilt. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Bulguksa Temple simply acted as a major tourist attraction. However, in the year 2000, the management of Bulguksa Temple was transferred over to the Jogye-jong Order, and the temple resumed its central role in Korean Buddhism, once more. Bulguksa Temple, along with the neighbouring Seokguram Hermitage, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Also, Bulguksa Temple is home to 7 National Treasures (the most at any Korean Buddhist temple), and an additional 6 Korean Treasures.

Bulguksa Temple conducts a single Templestay program. It’s The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program, which is a one night, two day program that focuses on a temple tour, prayer bead making, ceremonies, and meditation.

For more on Bulguksa Temple.


From the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take either Bus #10 or Bus #11 that goes directly to Bulguksa Temple. The ride takes about one hour in length to get to the temple.

Templestay Programs

The Templestay program at Bulguksa Temple is entitled The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program. Here is the one night, two day program at this beautiful temple:

A: The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program

16:00-17:30Temple Tour
17:30-08:10Temple Dinner
18:10-18:50Meditation & Buddhist Ceremony
18:50-20:00Making 108 Prayer Beads
20:00-20:30 Circumambulate Pagodas
05:10-05:20Wake-Up Call
06:00-07:30Seon Meditation with a Monk
07:30-09:30Teatime with a Monk or Seokguram Grotto Tour
10:00-11:00Free Time & Check-Out

(This schedule is subject to change)

The Templestay facilities at Bulguksa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

Temple Information

Address: 385 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Republic of Korea

Tel: +82-10-7773-0983

E-mail: [email protected]


The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program – adults – 90,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 80,000 won; pre-schooler – 50,000 won

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 3 days before: 100% refund; 2 days before: 70% refund; 1 day before: 50% refund; the day of the reservation there is no refund.


Reservations for the The Fragrance of a Thousand Years Program

Dabo-tap Pagoda at Bulguksa Temple.

The Sajin Photography Podcast: Episode 7 - Pete DeMarco


This week I ventured into unknown territory and interview one the best photographers that I know, Pete DeMarco. For those of you who don't know him, Pete is an award winning photographer, co-founder of the Busan Lightstalkers, the genius behind The Creative Academy, and also a really good friend of mine.

In this episode we cover all aspects of photography in Korea from Pete's perspective and dig in a little deeper into Pete's favourite places in the country. Here is a great post from Pete about Ulleungdo which he mentions in the show.

If you'd like to learn more about Pete you can find him here:
His Website: The NomadWithin
The Creative Academy: Landscapes With Pete

You can also Follow Pete on Social:
Pete's Instagram


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Welcome to 2023

It’s been about a week since new years and I am feeling like it is time to kick out a new blog post! I am going to forego the typical “let’s brag about all of the fantastic work that I did last year so you know that I am an important and famous photographer” type post. I feel that if you know me and what I have gone through since 2020 then you know that I am struggling with a lot and bragging about that one small job that I did last year is not going to do to much.

With that being said, what was I up to last year? I guess that you could say that I was taking a bit of time to find myself. That sounds way more cheesy than it needs to be but there is no other way to really describe it. Involuntary hiatus could be another way to describe it.

At least I could afford coffee this year.

About 2022…

What I basically did was nothing all that important. I scaled back a lot of my photography projects and even dropped the ball on my podcast and blog. Something that if you used to check in here, you might have noticed that the last post was sometime in September. So yeah… no high class events or private school graduations here. Just mostly shots of the coastlines and pics from the window of my tent.

The truth of the matter is that I needed this break in order to face some harsh realities of my talent and technique. That means that I realized that I am not as good as I thought that I was. I expected National Geographic to come beating down my door because I take the exact same photos out my back window every month.

I stepped back and also looked at who I was becoming as well. I was getting angry about not getting the same jobs as other photographers. I was getting angry at those photographers for recommending me for jobs as well. I was angry at myself for not being talented enough to get any jobs and being too lazy to go out and find something better.

Years ago someone mocked me and basically called me a wannabe Jared Polin from FroKnowsPhoto. I took great offense to that at the time. Now, I see that to most I probably was a wannabe. If you look at the work of Roy Cruz and Dylan Goldby, then you can see what motivated photographers are doing in Korea. The reality was that I was not one of those motivated photographers, not even close.

If you follow my friend, Greg Samborski then you can also get an idea of what is possible to do IN Korea even when you don’t even live here anymore. Greg was able to fly in for a few months and book back to back gigs in Korea. Granted, he is not a landscape photographer and his work (and the others mentioned above) revolves mostly around people and events. I however, still felt the sting of jealousy when I heard how awesome 2022 was for everyone else.

This over-saturated shot is not really the type of thing that would send Nat Geo editors running to their computers to send out emails offering high-paying assignments.

For me, the last 2 years have been a struggle since my father died. We managed to get back home this past summer and it was bitter sweet. During my absence since the funeral, a lot of things of mine went missing when my Dad wasn’t there to keep an eye on my stuff in storage. So it was hard finding out that the first camera that I bought in Korea “mysteriously” disappeared after I brought it out of storage.

My head just wasn’t in the game anymore. It felt like I was chewing a piece of gum that has long lost it’s flavour and now my jaw was getting sore. I would wake up in the morning to go find a sunrise to shoot and question if it all really mattered or not. Was I just pretending to be a photographer? I honestly don’t know anymore.

Having to Swallow my Pride

Outside of photography, I had to struggle with the reality that I had to go back to teaching at a Hogwan (esl language schools). This marked the end of my experiment with “pro photography” and all that goes along with that. Years ago, I was riding high off a string of jobs that I got around 2017 to 2019. I dialed back my classes and went freelance. Then Corona hit and that went all to shit.

I avoided going back the the hogwans as long as I could, hoping that I would “catch a break” but nothing ever really happened. I reached out to friends and either got nothing in return or a dismissive “maybe try working at a factory?” which at first sounded like a potshot but in reality factory wages are now better than hogwan salaries and they get better meals.

Alas, after struggling to make money from business classes that either canceled or dropped out due to COVID-19 issues, I was broken and bitter. I had to take a few hogwan jobs to pay the bills and the trip back to Canada. I applied relentlessly to university positions around Ulsan and Busan. I even tried to get into the elite international schools but only received snotty replies or nothing in response.

getting back home was amazing and bitter sweet at the same time.

I swallowed my pride and took jobs that offered wages that were equivalent or less than what I made in 2003. Sure, they were eager to hire me because they were getting a qualified teacher with a masters in Education but they were not eager to pay a wage befitting of those qualifications.

Looking Ahead to 2023

The year has just begun and it already feels different. I have accepted that this are not going to change unless I change first. Also that the reality of me becoming anything more than a hobby photographer has to be accepted. I simply do not have the skills, talent, or business savvy to hustle my way into something that I can sustain myself with.

That basically means that I will just go back to doing what I love with less pressure on myself. That is actually a blessing in disguise, if you look at it from that perspective. I get to shoot whatever I want and not really give a shit about if I am going to get hired or not.

Will this mean the end of the blog, website, and or podcast? Not at all. Fact is that without the pressure of trying to be the next Jared Polin, I can just do whatever it is that I want. If I produce nothing, who cares because I am not overly concerned with who reads this blog or not.

Again, I am no Ansel Adams or Steve McCurry. I am also not going to try and hold myself up to that level anymore. I was reading a post from a writer in Busan who had worked a lot with Nat Geo and I wished I could be like that. He just got offered a dream assignment in Japan and I felt that pang of jealousy flare up. However, there is no point. I don’t have the talent or the skill to get those jobs. So why beat myself up about it?

The bottomline here is that for 2023, I am going to just go back to what I have always done. Go back to what I was doing in 20213 or whatever because the wages here are the same anyway. I was happy then and that is really all that matters. I might as well just accept the way things are and move on and just be happy.

So that is that, here is hoping that I pop out so more content and if not click here for Jared’s latest posts.

Let’s hope 2023 brings something better for us all.

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Why do so many Koreans LOVE the Jeju dialect? | Street Interviews

I've wondered what dialect Koreans like listening to, but I've also always thought it might be Busan dialect. This is because Busan dialect is perhaps the most common dialect appearing in Korean TV shows and movies, and a lot of tourism happens in Busan. However I wasn't expecting so many Koreans to also say they liked the Jeju dialect - a dialect that's over 70% unique from standard Korean and often completely incomprehensible if you're not familiar with it.

This video I filmed recently while I was in Korea and visiting Seoul. I asked people what their favorite dialect is, or if they had any dialect they were interested in learning. Here's what they said.

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Templestay – Donghwasa Temple (Dong-gu, Daegu)

Donghwasa Temple in Dong-gu, Daegu.

Introduction to Temple

Donghwasa Temple is located on the southern slopes of Mt. Palgongsan (1193 m) in Dong-gu, Daegu. The name of the temple means “Paulownia Blossom Temple” in English. The temple was first built in 493 A.D. by the monk Geukdal, and it was originally named Yugasa Temple. However, when the temple was rebuilt in 832 A.D., the name of the temple changed to Donghwasa Temple. The re-naming of the temple pertains to a legend, when during the dead of winter, wild paulownia trees were in full bloom all around the temple grounds. This was thought of as an auspicious sign, so the temple was re-named Donghwasa Temple.

During Later Baekje (892-936 A.D.), the kingdom would attack the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.). Responding to Silla Kingdom’s pleads for assistance, Wang Geon (877-943 A.D.), who would become King Taejo of Goryeo (r. 918-943 A.D.), the founder of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), stayed at Donghwasa Temple to help fight the Later Baekje troops. However, Wang Geon suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Later Baekje army.

Later, and in 1190, the famed monk Bojo (1158-1210) stayed at Donghwasa Temple to oversee a large reconstruction and renovation of the temple. Throughout the years, Donghwasa Temple has undergone several rebuilds including in 1606 when Samyeong-daesa (1544-1610) helped repair the damage inflicted on it during the Imjin War (1592-98). It’s from this date that many of the shrine halls at Donghwasa Temple date back to. In total, Donghwasa Temple is home to some eight Korean Treasures, which uniquely, are mainly murals.

Donghwasa Temple is home to two Templestay programs. The first, which is only conducted on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, is the [Experiential Templestay] Taste Korean Buddhism Program. This is a one night and two day program that focuses on a temple tour, tea time with a monk, and ceremonies. The second Templestay program at Donghwasa Temple is the Recuperation [Rest Style] Templestay Program. This is another one night, two day program. This program focuses on rest, walking around the temple grounds, and various other ceremonies at Donghwasa Temple.

For more on Donghwasa Temple.


From the Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal, which is on the west side of Daegu, you’ll need to take the Daegu subway system, Line #1, heading towards Anshim, and get off at Ahywanggyo Station. From here, take Express Bus #1 to get to Donghwasa Temple. The ride should take about 35 minutes, and it brings you right up to the temple.

Templestay Program

Donghwasa Temple conducts two Templestay programs at their temple. The first of the two is the [Experiential Templestay] Taste Korean Buddhism Program, which is a one night, two day program. And the second is the Recuperation [Rest Style] Templestay Program. Here are each of those programs:

A: [Experiential Templestay] Taste Korean Buddhism Program

15:00-15:30Orientation at Chamseon-dang
16:00-17:10Temple Tour
17:10-18:00Dinner Offering at Huwon
18:30-18:45Watching the Sound of a Dharma Bell
19:10-19:20Evening Ceremony
19:20-20:00Tea Time with a Monk
04:40-05:30Early Morning Ceremony & Sitting Meditation
05:45-06:30Breakfast Offering at Huwon
06:40-08:50Free Time
09:00-09:30Closing Ceremony at the Chamseon-dang
09:30-11:30Cooking Temple Food

(This schedule is subject to change)

The Templestay facilities at Donghwasa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).
And another picture of the facilities at Donghwasa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website).

B: Recuperation [Rest Style] Templestay Program

15:00-15:40Orientation at Training Hall
16:30-17:20Dinner Offering
17:20-18:00Rest & Tour the Temple
18:00-18:18Watching the Sound of the Dharmma Bell (optional)
09:00-09:20Closing Ceremony at Training Hall
09:20-11:00Rest & Tour the Temple
11:05-12:00Lunch Offering

(This schedule is subject to change)

Temple Information

Address: Dong-gu, Daegu, Donghwasa-1-gil 1

Tel: 010-3534-8079

E-mail: [email protected]


[Experiential Templestay] Taste Korean Buddhism Program – adults – 80,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 50,000 won; pre-schoolers – 20,000 won

Recuperation [Rest Style] Templestay Program – adults – 60,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 40,000 won; pre-schoolers – 30,000 won

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 3 days before: 100% refund; 2 days before: 50% refund; 1 day before: 10% refund; the day of the reservation there is no refund.


Reservations for the [Experiential Templestay] Taste Korean Buddhism Program

Reservations for the Recuperation [Rest Style] Templestay Program

The beautiful Daeung-jeon Hall at Donghwasa Temple.

Temple Site in Bomun-dong – 보문동 사지 (Gyeongju)

The View from the Golden Hall at the Temple Site in Bomun-dong in Gyeongju.

Temple Site History

The Temple Site in Bomun-dong is located in the historic city of Gyeongju on the east side of the Bomun plains between Mt. Hindeungsan (268.7 m) and Mt. Nangsan (99.5 m). The name of the temple is assumed to be Bomunsa Temple because of a tile found at the site with “Bomun” written on it in Chinese characters. The roof file was discovered during Japanese Colonization (1910-1945). It’s unclear as to when the temple was first built, but it’s believed to have been built some time before the reign of King Gyeongmun of Silla (r. 861-875 A.D.).

Currently, the temple site is located in and among numerous rice fields. According to stone material found in and around the former temple grounds, it’s believed that there were numerous buildings at the temple including a large Golden Hall (main hall), an east and west pagoda, and other various buildings at the Unified Silla temple site.

In total, the Temple Site in Bomun-dong is home to three Korean Treasures. They are the Stone Basin at Bomunsa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #64; the Flagpole Supports at Bomunsa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #123; and the Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #910. As for the temple site itself, the Temple Site in Bomun-dong is Historic Site #390.

A map of the Temple Site in Bomun-dong and the location of the three Korean Treasures at the temple site.

Temple Site Layout

To the east of the rice fields where the temple site is located is the foundation for the Golden Hall site, which was the main hall. You’ll also find foundations for east and west pagodas to the west of the Golden Hall. As was already mentioned, there are three Korean Treasures around the temple site. The closest to the foundation for the Golden Hall is the Stone Basin at Bomunsa Temple Site, which is located to the northwest of the main hall foundation. The basin has a flat bottom, and it was used to hold water at the temple. It’s made from a single piece of stone that was hollowed out. It’s believed to date back to Unified Silla (668-935 A.D.).

To the west of the Stone Basin at Bomunsa Temple Site, and past a large rice field, you’ll find the Flagpole Supports at Bomunsa Temple Site one hundred metres away. This Korean Treasure is comprised of two flagpole supports, which are known as danggan in Korean. The two supports stand 62 cm apart. The northern support has been partially damaged with the rounded top of the support missing. And each of the supports have three holes in the top, middle, and bottom that were used to attach a flagpole to it. Smaller than other temple flagpoles, it’s believed that they also date back to Unified Silla.

And the final Korean Treasure at the Temple Site in Bomun-dong is the Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site. This lotus designed flagpole is situated to the north of the Stone Basin at Bomunsa Temple Site by some 400 metres. In fact, you’ll have to retrace your steps back to the main road, Jangjae-gil – 장재길, to find the final Korean Treasure. Follow the signs along the way, and you’ll find the beautiful Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site. This flagpole stands in a clearing like an island surrounded by rice fields in all directions. The two supports face to the east and west, and they’re separated by 62 cm of space. The two supports appear to be smaller in size; however, looks can be deceiving, as the supports are partially buried underground. The middle part of the supports are larger than the other parts of the support. The lotus flower design on the flagpole supports have eight petals, and they’re located on the upper portion of each support. It’s assumed that the supports were first built in the mid-8th century during Unified Silla. However, what’s most curious about these Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site is the distance they are from the main temple site that houses the Golden Hall and the foundations for the east and west pagoda. With this in mind, it’s unclear if these flagpole supports in fact belong to the Temple Site in Bomun-dong.

How To Get There

From the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take Bus #604. The ride will take 18 minutes, or 13 stops, and you’ll need to get off at the “Janggol maeul – 장골마을” stop. From where the bus drops you off, you’ll then need to walk across the street heading east following a bend in the road that will turn you north. Follow this country road for 1.5 km, or 25 minutes, until you arrive at the temple site.

You can take a bus or simply take a taxi. From the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, a taxi ride will take about 15 minutes, and it’ll cost you 12,000 won (one way).

Overall Rating: 3/10

The Temple Site in Bomun-dong is scattered throughout several rice fields. In fact, the temple site and the three Korean Treasures almost appear to be situated on islands in clearings made throughout farmers’ fields. Of note are the foundations for the Golden Hall and the east and west pagodas. Also of interest is the Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site. You might get some curious looks from farmers as you make your way through side trails leading past their fields; but if temple sites are your thing, then the Temple Site in Bomun-dong is perfect.

The trail leading up to the Temple Site in Bomun-dong.
The foundation for the Golden Hall at the Temple Site in Bomun-dong.
One of the foundation stones for the Golden Hall surrounded by rice fields.
A look across the Golden Hall towards one of the foundations for the temple site pagoda.
And a look at the other pagoda foundation at the Temple Site in Bomun-dong.
The Stone Basin at Bomunsa Temple Site to the north of the Golden Hall foundation.
A look across some of the rice fields surrounding the temple site.
The Flagpole Supports at Bomunsa Temple Site to the west of the temple site.
And the  Flagpole Supports with Lotus Design at Bomunsa Temple Site to the far north of the temple site.

Color Verbs | Live Class Abridged

During my live Korean class this past Sunday we learned all about colors. Specifically we learned about how colors can be both nouns and verbs, and how to change color verbs into color nouns. I shared some of the most common colors to know, and talked about how each of those is used. The full live stream was over an hour, but you can watch the summary here in just 10 minutes.

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