Contact Me

If you have a question, comment, or concern, you can contact me at the email address below.  Right now I’m only a small little blog, but eventually, I would like to have some guest postings. So if you have an idea for a temple that you would like to post here, please email me and we’ll sort things out.

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Hope to hear from you all soon,


56 thoughts on “Contact Me

  1. Hey, I live in Busan as well. I follow Busan Haps a lot.

    I was wondering have you visited the Guinsa Temple in North Chungcheong Province?

    Looks really interesting. I like the temples that I have seen on your site. ESPECIALLY Samgwangsa. I’m going on my second year in Busan and I never knew that was here. haha.

    I ask my co teachers are there any places that they celebrate Buddahs birthday like how they do in Seoul and I just got blank stares. Little did I know this was right under my nose.

    BTW…. How did you get to North Korea? Or, how did you make that trip possible?


    • Hello Courtney,

      I’ve never been to Guinsa, but I hope to some day. I hear a lot of good things about it. So if you do go, please let me know how it is.

      And I would highly, highly recommend visiting Samgwangsa Temple in Busan on Buddha’s birthday. It is my absolute favourite on this day. A lot of Koreans don’t know where to celebrate Buddha’s birthday because they’re not Buddhist. More and more are becoming Christian, so they simply may not know.

      As for North Korea, I visited it back in 2007, when foreigners could still visit from South Korea.


  2. Hello Dale,

    great site and wonderful information, you did a good job providing foreigners all kind f information about temples

    Do you mind when I add your website on our website ?

    I’m currently residing in Belgium (Europe) but hope to live with my wife in Korea within 2 years.

    Best regards


  3. Hello Dale,

    Its great to see reviews of Korean temple, with complementing pictures and interesting information.

    However have you considered visiting Bongjeongsa Temple in Andong? Apparently it is a subsidiary temple of the Gounsa temple, however it is not mentioned in your Gounsa Temple review.

    I read that the temple is unique for housing one of Korea’s oldest wooden building called Geuknakjeon dating around the 12th to 13th century. I believe that it is one of the few temples to survive the Imjin war.

  4. Hi Dale,

    As a beginner temple visitor, I learn a lot from your site.

    I’m looking for information about a temple in Oryang-ri on Geoje/Koje Island. I’m told its name is Singwangsa Temple. I didn’t see it mentioned on your site.

    Do you have plans to visit it?

  5. The amazing view of the sea from Mihwangsa Temple.

    I would-be like to do à tempelstay with à friend end of may, are these days available and for how Many days is possible.
    It looks amazing.

    Thanks for your information….


  6. Hi Dale, I am from Austrlia. We visited Haedon Yonggung Temple late last year.
    I am trying to put correct names onto my photos. I searched your information which was extremely helpful, and thank you for providing this for tourists. However I am trying to find out what the Yaksoayore-bul (Buddha of medicine) looks like – so I can label my photos correctly. I’m sure I would have a photo of it but not sure which it is! And in the Main hall there was 3 small golden Buddhas. Who are they? And what can you tell me about the largest Golden Dahma and which of the shrines is the Yongwangdang shrine? And the 5 stone cone shaped mounds with something pointy on top of them behind and higher up at the back of the main buildings – can you tell me what they are?
    I would truly appreciate your help. I loved your website and it help me out with some of the things we had photos of and I wish we had found your website before we visited the temple it would have helped us greatly to understand what we were looking at. I wish more of the signs were in English as well. Thanking you an anticipation Sue

    • Hello Susan,

      I’m glad to hear that the website is so helpful.

      As for your questions, I think I can help. The three statues in the main hall are as follows: in the centre is Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). To the left, as you look at the main altar, is Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). And to the right is Yaksayore-bul. So if you want to know what Yaksayore-bul looks like, he’s the one on the far right on the main altar inside the main hall at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.

      For more information, in general, about Yaksayore-bul, I have a detailed post about him here:

      As for the stacked stone-coned mounds, they’re pagodas.

      Finally, the Yongwang-dang was the small hall between the main hall and the stairs that lead up to the statue of Gwanseeum-bosal on the hilltop.

      Hope that helps, and thanks for the question.

  7. Dale, I want you to know how much I appreciate your the care and effort you put into your informative posts. Since I only visit Korea every year or two, these posts help me remain in contact with the wonderful Korean Buddhist tradition.

    After reading the last couple of posts, a thought occurred to me. It would be incredible to have an illustrated glossary of the terms used to describe these temples. I would benefit greatly from an extension of your current “Temple Architecture and Artwork” page, one that had a paragraph or two describing each of the commonly found elements of a temple. If this were in the form of an e-book, I could print it and use it on my visits to Korea.

    Well, I know this is a lot to ask and I realize you have a day job. But I thought I share this fantasy with you…

    Thanks again!


    • Barry, there are so many things I’d love to do with the website; but unfortunately, because of time restraints, I can’t get to them all. But the good news is is that I’m working on a book right now that will hopefully have an e-book, as well. But like you said, with a full-time job, it sometimes takes a bit longer than I’d like.

      So stay tuned!

    • You can check out my Temple Stay page to get a better idea of temples in Seoul that provide the temple stay program.

  8. Hi Dale, thanks for writing this blog .. it has been a great resource for me over the past few moths as i investigate my passion for temples here in Korea. I have been trying to find the answer to a burning question and i wonder if you could help; what is the difference between a Temple and a Hermitage? Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Glad to hear that you enjoy the site. It truly is a labour of love.

      As for your question, do you mean the name or the practical difference? If you mean the name, the final syllable in a temple name gives that away. If it ends with “sa” like Tongdosa, it’s a temple. However, if it ends in an “am” like Boriam, it’s a hermitage.

      As for practical differences, a hermitage is typically meant for monks to worship, while temples are open to visitors. Of course there is overlay, but this is there typical purpose. Also, the size of a temple compared to a hermitage is significantly different, as well with temples typically housing far more shrine halls than hermitages. A temple can have anywhere from 5 up to 15 shrine halls, while hermitages are typically limited to a couple structures.

      I hope that helps explain the differences.

  9. Hi Dale, thanks so much for the clarification. I was aware in the difference of name, but i now understand the practical differences, which is good to know if i happen to venture into a hermitage.

    I too have a great fondness of visiting temples and your site is showing me places i never knew existed, while pushing me to go out and visit new complexes every week .. thanks again …

  10. Hi, may I ask which temple is is featured in the beautiful night shot at the top of the page? There is a lack of caption so I cannot find the relevant page on your site. Thank you!

  11. Hi Dale,

    I’m trying to find out the significance or meaning of the Stone-Hat Buddhas popular in Korea (Gatbawi) and what the stone hat represents/mean?

    Any idea?


  12. Hi Just want point out a correction in your blog about Bodhir Dharma! it was well written! But there ia small correction, Bodhi Dhrama was a “Tamil” Prince from South Indian! Not north India!
    Thank You

    • Thanks for the extra information! I checked the article, and it says that he traveled to China from northern India, not that he’s from northern India. Sorry for the confusion.

  13. thanks SO much for this blog, it’s so helpful and valuable. it’s helping me choose which temple to visit in korea this may. thanks for your service!

    • Glad to hear that the site is helping. It’s definitely a labour of love. Hope you have a great time during your visit. If you need any extra help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  14. Hi Dale,
    Great site. I was in South Korea a few years ago and visited several temples. It was a life changing trip. While there, I noticed many of the gates to the temple areas had three doors. Could you explain to me the significance of these three doors and if there is any ritual or proper etiquette to there use. Thank you.


    • Hello Mark. Thank you about the site. Korean temples are really something magical, and for the past decade and a half, I visit them all that I can. As for the three doors in many gates, I’m not too sure which gate you’re referring to. As you probably know, Korean temples usually have three gates, and potentially up to four. Of the three major gates – the Iljumun Gate, the Cheonwangmun Gate, and the Bulimun Gate – none of them purposely have three doors by design. If you could specific tell me which gate and temple you had in mind, perhaps then I could give a better explanation.

      Thank you again for supporting the site, and I look forward to your answers.

  15. Wow what an excellent website! I’m impressed with information and look forward to reading through all of it.

    Photography is one of my hobbies and I would like to visit temples that are either open late or light up at night. Which temples do you recommend for this purpose? I will be staying in Seoul for about a week so I can travel outside of the city of necessary.

    • Hello Manuel. Thank you for the compliment about the site. I usually visit temples in the early morning, so I’m not too sure about temples that are open late. However, I do know one in Seoul that does stay open later with lights: Bongeunsa Temple. You can check it out here on my site:

      I hope your stay in Korea is a good one.

        • Hello Manuel,

          I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed the temple recommendation. As for the golden temple in Cheongju, do you have anymore information about the temple like its location or its name. I would be interested in checking it out. Thanks!

          • Okay, after a lot of digging around, I was finally able to find out what the name of the golden pagoda was in Korean. The name is the place is: 대순진리회. However, the reason that you can’t find anything in English, and why it is equally difficult to find information about this place in Korean, is that this place seems to be a religious cult. It’s not Buddhist or even Christian. They place seems to have quite a bad reputation in the city of Cheongju. So it’s best to avoid this place altogether.

            I hope that helps.

          • Hey Dale,

            Good to know, thanks for the heads up, I really appreciate it!

  16. Hi Dale, at first: what a great work you you did whit this website. It is a real good guide and a great joy to visit it time and time again. But I have a question I can’t resolve and hope you can point me a direction to find at what I must and want to know. I’m writing a book about Korea. Not the averidge book about which places to visit and what to eat, no it is going to be an auto biografic about me and my visits to the Dae Han Min Guk, the meetings with the people and the great culture the have. During my study I did read about Wonhyo and I did often read that he had a great influence on Tibetan Buddiisme. Strange is that I. can’t find the facts about that. Do you have explanation about that or can you give me a hint to find the answer. Thanx in advance and forgive me my poor English. i’m Dutch….

  17. Hi Dale,

    I have a chance to enjoy beautiful and majestic Korea temples via your page, especially North Korea ones. And I hope that I will be there to be able to find out them much more.
    I sent you an email via your email address above for further assistance.
    Please check your email and feedback at your earliest convenience. Thank you very much.
    I’m M.

  18. Dale,

    I’ve been in Korea for almost six years now. Thank you for your insight and helping me see some fascinating places.

    Recently, I visited 남미룩사. There doesn’t seem to be a lot (any) information on the internet about it apart from a single blog.

    I first visited there early in my time in Korea and thought it was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. After visiting again a few weeks ago, I was quite taken aback by just how unfamiliar it seemed in comparison to other temples. I asked my Korean friend if he felt the same way and he replied, “That was a very strange experience.”

    Could you help us understand more about it? It’s history? The order it falls under? Explanations about the art work? The layout?

    Help please.

    • Hi Jon,

      I did a bit of research, and I hope this helps.

      The name of the temple is actually 남미륵사, which literally means “South Buddha of the Future Temple.” The temple was first founded in 1980 by the monk Seok Heung. However, Nammireuksa Temple doesn’t belong to any of the three prominent Orders in Korea (i.e. Jogye, Cheontae, or Taego). Instead, it belongs to 세계불교, which means World Buddhism. This is a very small sect in Korea; so small, in fact, it isn’t even recognized officially by the Korean government. The sect seems to have been established in the late 20th century, probably as a break away from the Jogye-jong Order.

      As for the iconography, I can give a few hints; but without actually having traveled there myself, it won’t completely be accurate. However, I hope in the not too distant future, to travel there myself. So stay tuned, and thanks for an all new amazing temple to explore.

      So when you first arrive at the temple, you’ll find stone statues of the Nahan (disciples of the Buddha) spread throughout the entry. As you navigate around the temple pond, you’ll find the temple’s Iljumun Gate, which reads Hwabangsan Nammireuksa Iljumun Gate written in Chinese characters. After passing under the overhanging shrubs, you’ll come to the bell pavilion, which also acts as the Cheonwangmun Gate on the first floor. There are four stone statues inside of these guardians.

      Next, you’ll come to a courtyard with a 13 and 3 tier pagoda. They are backed by rows of the Nahan, again, and larger stone statues of the multi-faced Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) and Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). To the left is the temple’s main hall, the Daeung-jeon Hall. To the left of the main hall is the Cheonbul-jeon (The Hall of 1,000 Buddhas). And behind the main hall is the wonderfully ornate Yongwang-dang (The Dragon King Hall), complete with an ornate dragon bridge. These two halls are joined by the Myeongbu-jeon Hall (this hall houses Jijang-bosal, the Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) and the Sanshin-gak (which houses the shaman Mountain Spirit, Sanshin).

      To the far rear of the temple, and under a gate that reads “아픔도 사랑이다,” which means, in English, “Pain is also Love.” It’s in this upper courtyard that you’ll find the 33 tier pagoda and 13 tier pagoda. These pagodas are backed by the large, new Gwaneum-jeon Hall. To the right the large statue of Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). Supposedly, it’s the largest bronze seated statue of this Buddha in Korea. In front of Amita-bu are several statues. This courtyard is called the 무설관음전. There are probably 33 statues that depict the 33 incarnation of Gwanseeum-bosal. And to the far rear is an egg-like shrine dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars).

      I hope that helps. For more detail in the iconography and names that I detail, you can find more information on my site.


  19. Hello! I’m hoping to get contact information for Oeosa temple for a film on Korean zen practices. Can you help?

    • I’m in no way directly associated with Oeosa Temple. If you do want to talk to them, I would suggest either contacting them directly or perhaps the Jogye Buddhist Sect that they belong to. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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