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
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….