Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Korea (Part 4) Jogye-sa Buddhist Temple

Typically Buddhist temples are located in the mountains as they are considered places of power. Therefore it is unusual that there is a temple located within the city limits of Seoul.

This temple bell is just a few years old. It replaces the original bell, which is too fragile to use, and which is now housed within the main temple.

This is the main Buddha statue. If you look closely you can see the offering of bottle water and cookies on the bench in front of him. All proceeds go to supporting the Monks that maintain the temple.

This gray pine tree (Pinus bungeana Zucc) is around 500 years old and is designated a national monument. As the tree ages, the bark peels away and the trunk turns a grayish white color.

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