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Now on to Part 3, our final day in Seoul, South Korea. Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2 if you would like to view them.

We visited Bongwonsa Temple which is the head temple of the Korean Buddhism Taego sect. It is located at the base of Ansan Mountain in a wooded and tranquil setting. (You can double click on the photos to enlarge)

Swastikas have been used in ancient civilizations around the world and remain widely used in Buddhism as a sacred symbol of auspiciousness. The word swastika literally means “to be good”.

The Dragon plays an important role in the Korean
Buddhist faith. It symbolizes power, creativity, heaven, and good fortune.

These dragons are watching over the Buddhas in the Hall of the 3000 Buddhas.

Colorful prayer flags

and gorgeous lotus shaped paper lanterns

hang from the ceilings throughout the temple.

The Lotus symbolizes purity.

The temple was originally founded in 889. It has been moved from its original location and parts destroyed by fire and war have been rebuilt.

While some structures are fairly new you can see the age

on others.

It was fascinating to watch

this artist painting a mural on the floor.

I loved this painted panel

and of course

there were the doors. =)

This was one of sixteen Arhat or “enlightened one” statues on the temple grounds.

Walking back we stopped to smell the roses

and admire a pheasant.

Then we headed across the city

to Seoul Tower on the peak of Namsan.

It is a romantic landmark where visitors from all over the world leave mementos.

Of course we left our heart in Seoul as well

and after a lovely dinner with a view

We said goodbye to Seoul

and traveled south to Andong….