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.

dostoevsky_21_81[AT] yahoo[DOT]com

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Hope to hear from you all soon,

Dale

34 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?

    Courtney

    • 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.

      -Dale

  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 http://www.k-mood.com ?

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

    Best regards

    Guy

  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….

    Marieke

  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: http://koreantemples.com/?p=173

      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

    • 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?

    Thanks,
    -Kevin

  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
    Regards
    Raja

    • 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.

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