Korea Trip 2010, Part 12: A Buddhist Temple in Seoul


I was quite excited to do this post because the place was so peaceful and lovely.  My pictures really don't do the place justice; partly because my camera sucks and partly because it was very cloudy that day.  Anyway, by my aunt's apartment, there was a little Buddhist temple.  It was a very peaceful place even though it's sandwiched by immense apartment buildings on every side.  The vibe is a bit like how Central Park is a patch of greenery in NYC, on a much much (much) smaller scale of course :)  The pic above is the temple gate and in the background you can see the modern apartments of Seoul.

Continued from Part 11: Namdaemun Marketplace, Part 2
Or start from the beginning, Part 1: Flying to Tokyo

Dragon :D!

Once inside (apparently anyone can wander in and out as they please during the day), there were steps that led up to some beautiful buildings (my aunt said they're renovating so they were all freshly painted) and a Buddha statue :}

There was marble alter and you can see the swastika that Hitler misappropriated :P

Little buddhas that were inset along the walls of the pavilion :)

Here's a view of Seoul from the pavilion :)  I love the type of pine trees that grow in Korea - it's cute how it's all branch-less at the bottom and bushy on top ^_^ Like tall bonsai~  I wonder if I could plant a tree like that here.... 

Off the pavilion were little temple buildings and bunch of lanterns strung up on poles.  

On the left was an alter?-ish looking thing with candles lit inside. Those are names and wishes written on the candles; I can barely read it but one of them is wishing someone will fall in love with her -____-;;

 It's like being in a sae-guk drama ^_^! Love the bright colors.

Maybe I should finish watching Dae-Jang-Geum (Jewel in A Palace)....  I got through 30 episodes (it was really good) so I still have 20 some left to go~ I would've finished but finals got in the way and I never got back to it :P  Anyway, the focal point of the temple grounds was this building:

The car ruins the effect a bit eheh but even monks have places to go ;)  That's my mom up there ^_^

From the front.

These are three different drums and my aunt told my that they are rung (or 'bonged' may be more appropriate) a couple times a day (I don't think it's every hour...maybe it is. Don't remember).

This dragon is behind the metal curvy edged sheet-looking drum on the right.  It swings back and forth and hits the curvy thing and makes it ring :}

And here is me by my favorite drum ;)   I am fond of this pic because my legs look so slim but I must confess that it's the flattering angle and lighting >.<  And is it just me or is it not amusing how the top of the drum is all dusty xD?

I did a run through of the pictures I have left to post....holy smokes, this series is going to be well over 20, if not over 30 posts long O_O!  *sigh* But I'm motivated because it makes me so happy that people actually read them ^_^v Thank you!

Continue to Part 13: Emergency Road Services + Samsung AnyCall MVs


  1. It looks relaxing & quiet. U r one skinny minny, your legs are so slender Elle u need to show more pictures of yrself more. I didn't realize how tall u are.

  2. i agree with mara~ you look so tall~ i'm sure it's not just the angle and lighting =]

    the buildings are beautiful, so colorful, && detailed!!!

    lol at the candle~ awwww... maybe it come true... =p

  3. Definitely going to keep these places in mind when I go to Korea. My best friend just went to Seoul and she said it was really worth it! Did you get a lot of beauty products? they make the best there!

  4. I enjoyed this blog post... I'm a Buddhist too! Your leg definitely look tone and skinny in the last photo. lol. You look skinny overall, healthy slim.

  5. I am joining this 'How did we not know you were tall?!' bandwagon. :]

    Also, the temple looks very peaceful, even with all the sign of the modern age creeping in. The candle bit made me laugh a bit. Around the world, no matter their deity, there are girls praying for their crush to fall in love with them. Haha.

    And duuude- this is one of the best travel series I've read on Blogger. <3 Trufax.

  6. woow~ the temple looks so peaceful, even though it's wedged between Seoul's skyscrapers and busy streets. Would love to visit when I go to Seoul one day ^^.
    You are definitely tall! hehe~

  7. Wow! You are in Korea now?!! Cool post and cool pictures! I wanna go there too! :D

    Kiss ♥, Yelena Lim

  8. This place is so pretty! Your legs look so long in the last picture (I bet they are in real life!) I am a little afraid that the dust would fall on you tho haha. Another great post!

  9. Those candles look so eerie and beautiful.. Can't believe one of them wishes for love. Haha.

  10. Definitely going to keep these places in mind when I go to Korea. My best friend just went to Seoul and she said it was really worth it! Did you get a lot of beauty products? they make the best there!


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