It had been five years since I last visited Jikjisa Temple in the summer of 2008. Wanting to go back for a while, I finally decided to go back this past weekend. Jikjisa Temple is one of the oldest temples in all of Korea, and it has a lot of natural and Buddhist beauty. So follow me as I explore not only one of the oldest temples in Korea, but also one of its most beautiful.
This past holiday weekend, I headed over to the beautiful temple by the sea: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. This is the fifth or sixth time that I’ve visited this Busan temple throughout the years; and by far, it was also the busiest. This temple has quickly become the most popular temple in all of Busan for obvious reasons. The scenic views of the East Sea make this temple a must see.
So follow me as I explore the beautiful Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.
The amazingly beautiful Chilbulam Hermitage in Gyeongju on Mt. Namsan. Not only does it have picturesque views, but it also houses to two cultural heritage properties that date back to the 8th century. The first are the Seven Buddhas on a Rock Face, while the other is the sculpture of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) that’s carved on the face of Mt. Namsan on a narrow ledge.
Recently, I visited the hidden gem temple in Busan: Seokbulsa Temple. It’s a hidden gem for a couple reasons like the view and the stone halls, but the real reason this temple is truly a hidden gem amongst the clouds are for its stone sculptures of Buddhas, Boddhisattvas, guardians, and Nahan; some of which stand ten metres in height. So follow me as I explore Seokbulsa Temple in Busan.
It had been a while since I last visited Goseong, in Gyeongsangnam-do, and what better reason than to visit the little known Munsuam Hermitage. So this video is from the breath-takingly beautiful Munsuam Hermitage. Off in the distance, besides the dark ocean waters, in Bohyunsa Temple with a large sized statue of Yaksayore-bul on the horizon. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend this unknown hermitage in a lesser travelled part of Korea.
Sinseonsa Temple, on the north western portion of Gyeongju, houses the first artificial grotto from the Silla Kingdom. In fact, it pre-dates the much more famous Seokguram Grotto by 200 years. So follow me as I explore the Danseoksan Grotto at Sinseonsa Temple.
Sorry that it’s been so long since I last posted a video from a Korean Buddhist temple. I didn’t even realize it’s been a month. To make up for it, I’ve decided to post a video from the gorgeous Miraesa Temple in the very scenic city of Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do. With only a handful of buildings at this beautiful temple, the well manicured grounds, the unique interior of the main hall, and the serenity that this temple exudes, makes Miraesa Temple a beautiful temple to visit. Hope you enjoy!
Okcheonsa Temple, in Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do, is known for a long and militaristic history in defending the nation against foreign invaders. In addition to this past, it has beautiful halls and artwork all throughout the compact temple grounds. So follow me as I explore another amazing Korean Buddhist temple.
While this temple is virtually unknown, the views are unforgettable. This video is from the extremely picturesque Gyeseungsa Temple in Goseong. From it’s massive main hall, to the rock-face stairway that leads up to a handful of shrine halls and shrines, this temple is truly a hidden gem. So follow me as I explore the beauty of Gyeseungsa Temple.
Do I have something special for you this week! This week I explored the world famous Seokguram Hermiage and Grotto in Gyeongju. It has been nearly 5 years since I last visited, and it still remains one of my favourite places to visit in all of Korea (excluding the crowds). This man-made grotto dates back to 751 A.D. when construction first began. Inside the grotto sits a serene statue of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). The statue is surrounded by equally beautiful sculptures of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, guardians, and the Nahan. While protected by a glass barrier that protects the grotto from the numerous hordes that visit each and every day, it in no way takes away from its ageless splendour, grace, and beauty.