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Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-07-11 03:40
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Naewonjeongsa Temple – 내원정사 (Seo-gu, Busan)

Koreabridge - Sun, 2022-07-10 23:40
The Golden Pagoda Inside the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall at Naewonjeongsa Temple in Seo-gu, Busan. Temple History

Naewonjeongsa Temple is located east of Mt. Gudeoksan (560 m) in Seo-gu, Busan. Naewonjeongsa Temple is a modern temple with it first being established in 1973. Then in 1983, the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall was completed. This was subsequently followed with the building of the temple’s Gwaneum-jeon Hall, the Yosachae (monks’ dorms), and the Jong-ru Pavilion. And in 1990, the Manbul-jeon Hall was built.

Naewonjeongsa Temple is home to a pair of Busan Metropolitan City Tangible Cultural Property. They are the “Jineonjib” and the “Josang-gyeong.” They are a collection of sutras from a collection of woodblocks. In addition to these woodblocks, Naewonjeongsa Temple is home to another Busan Metropolitan City Tangible Cultural Property. This time it’s the Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) statue that dates back to 1730.

A copy of the Josang-gyeong. (Picture courtesy of the CHA). Temple Layout

You’ll first approach Naewonjeongsa Temple through the mid-sized parking lot and past the numerous mountain hikers in the region. The first structure to greet you at the temple is the front facade. In the centre of the front facade is a two-story structure. The first story, with stairs to climb up to the main temple courtyard, is the Cheonwangmun Gate. Both sides of the Cheonwangmun Gate are adorned with two murals of the Four Heavenly Kings. And the front entry doors are adorned with two guardian murals. Additionally, the ceiling of the Cheonwangmun Gate is adorned with dragons and phoenixes. The second story of this entryway structure, and looking back once you’ve climbed the main temple courtyard stairs, is the Jong-ru Pavilion. Housed inside this bell pavilion are the four traditional Buddhist percussion instruments. All are beautiful in design.

To the right and left of the Jong-ru Pavilion, and lining the temple courtyard, are two rows of temple buildings. These buildings are the administrative offices, visitors centre, and monks’ quarters. There is also a nice row of plum trees to accompany these temple buildings to the right.

Straight ahead of you is the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall. Surrounding the exterior walls to the main hall are an assortment of paintings. To the rear are a colourful collection of Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Murals) that are joined by a beautiful set of Buddha and Bodhisattva paintings. In addition to these murals is the rarely painted Dokseong (Lonely Saint) and Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) murals that appear on either side of the main hall’s exterior walls. And backing the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall is a mature bamboo forest.

The interior of the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall is golden. This is highlighted by the large, golden pagoda that sits in the centre of the main altar. This five-story pagoda is joined by two large sized statues of what appear to be Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) and Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power for Amita-bul). To the right of the golden pagoda is a golden relief dedicated to Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom). And to the right of this relief is yet another golden relief. This second golden relief is dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). And the final golden relief to the right of the main altar is dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars). To the left of the main altar pagoda, on the other hand, and the first of these golden reliefs, is a golden relief dedicated to Bohyeon-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power). This is then joined to the left by another golden relief; this one, dedicated to the Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural). And the final golden relief to the left of the main altar, and the largest of the set, is a Yeongsan Hoesang-do (The Sermon on Vulture Peak Painting). Rounding out the interior of the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall are two towers filled with miniature statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas next to the main altar. As you can tell, the main hall at Naewonjeongsa Temple is filled with dazzling Buddhist artistry.

To the right of the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall is the temple’s Samseong-gak Hall. The artwork inside this shaman shrine hall are dedicated to the three most popular shaman deities in Korean Buddhism. They are Chilseong (The Seven Stars), Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), and Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). All three are done in a dominant blackish hue and are beautifully executed.

How To Get There

From the Seodaesin subway stop, stop #107, on the Busan subway system, you’ll need to take a taxi to get to Naewonjeongsa Temple. The ride should cost around 4,000 won (one way), and the ride should last about 10 minutes over 2.6 km.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Without a doubt, the main highlight to Naewonjeongsa Temple is the interior of the main hall with it’s five-story golden pagoda, the six golden reliefs and the exterior wall paintings that include Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and shaman deities. In addition to the main hall, both the percussion instruments inside the Jong-ru Pavilion and the black shaman murals inside the Samseong-gak Hall are beautiful, as well.

The two-in-one Cheonwangmun Gate and Jong-ru Pavilion at Naewonjeongsa Temple. The painting of Damun Cheonwang, who is one of the Four Heavenly Kings, inside the Cheonwangmun Gate. A yellow dragon painting that adorns the ceiling of the Cheonwangmun Gate. The mokeo (wooden fish drum) inside the second story Jong-ru Pavilion. The demon-like beopgo (dharma drum) inside the second story Jong-ru Pavilion, as well. The beautiful Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall at Naewonjeongsa Temple. The painting dedicated to Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) that adorns one of the exterior walls of the main hall. A look inside the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall at the golden pagoda on the main altar. The Samseong-gak Hall. With a painting of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) inside. A look up at the eaves of the Daejeokgwang-jeon Hall and the Samseong-gak Hall. —

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KOTESOL Busan Summer Social 2022 @ Gorilla Brewing

Koreabridge - Fri, 2022-07-08 13:05
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 15:00Location: Event Type: 


Welcome to a joint Busan-Gyeongnam and Daegu KOTESOL Chapter event! Korea TESOL is a professional organization for teachers. Anyone is welcome to attend our social mixer, which will be the first F2F event in a wee while! This mixer is for fun and socializing, and you do not need to be a member to join. We will also share information about professional development opportunities KOTESOL provides. Of course, please follow COVID19 safety protocol as required. See you there!


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Koreabridge - Thu, 2022-07-07 09:04
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Seoul Serenata is a group of professional musicians offering music service for various events including weddings, private parties, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and small concerts in Seoul and surrounding areas. We were formally based in the US and highly experienced in the western style weddings/events. Our repertoire spans from Classical, popular, Jazz, Holiday, Celtic/Fiddle to K-pop music. With our professionalism and refined/beautiful tone, we will provide a romantic and elegant ambiance to your events. We guarantee to make your day special that your family and friends will remember it for the rest of their lives. 

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LG U+ TV connection +1GB home Internet

Koreabridge - Thu, 2022-07-07 03:08
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I have LGU+ internet 1GB  speed and TV Connection. My contract is remaining for for 4 or 5 months. 

I'm paying 52k per month, but i am not using it anymore. If anyone interested I can give for 36k for a month.

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Gyemyeongam Hermitage – 계명암 (Geumjeong-gu, Busan)

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-07-06 23:30
The View at Gyemyeongam Hermitage of Beomeosa Temple in Geumjeong-gu, Busan. Hermitage History

Gyemyeongam Hermitage is located in Geumjeong-gu, Busan on the Beomeosa Temple grounds. More specifically, it’s located to the northeast of Beomeosa Temple about midway up Gyemyeong-bong Peak (599.8 m), which is part of the Mt. Geumjeongsan (801.5 m) mountain range. Gyemyeongam Hermitage means “Rooster’s Crow Hermitage” in English.

The exact date of the hermitage’s founding is unknown. However, it’s believed that the hermitage dates back to Unified Silla (668-935 A.D.). It’s believed that Gyemyeongam Hermitage gets its name from when Uisang-daesa (625-702 A.D.) was searching for a temple site one night when he heard a rooster crow.

Gyemyeongam Hermitage was reconstructed after 1592 after the Imjin War (1592-1598). In 1903, the monk Gyeongheo (1849-1912) visited Gyemyeongam Hermitage. It was here that he wrote “Beomeosa Gyemyeongam Changseol Seonsaji – 범어사 계명암 창설 선사기,” or “The History of the Establishment of Gyemyeongam Hermitage of Beomeosa Temple.” This illustrates the importance that Gyemyeongam Hermitage played in the furtherment of Korean Buddhism at this time. And since the establishment of Gyemyeongam Hermitage as a Seonwon in the early 1900s, it only further established the hermitage as a major promoter of Korean Buddhism during a tumultuous time in Korean history.

Hermitage Layout

You first make your way up towards Gyemyeongam Hermitage along the side of the mountain. At times, this 500 metre long stretch of trail can be a bit steep, so be prepared. The first sign that you’re nearing the hermitage grounds is the weathered Iljumun Gate. And it’s also from this vantage point that you’ll start to see the beautiful panoramic view from the heights of the hermitage.

Continuing up the trail, and after having passed through the Iljumun Gate, you’ll next come across the monks’ dorms and administrative office at Gyemyeongam Hermitage. Next to these buildings, but before visiting the Gwaneum-jeon Hall, you’ll find an outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). This is a newer image of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The slender image is surrounded by a simplistic mandorla, or “geosingwang” in Korean.

Continuing along, you’ll next come to the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. The main hall is squeezed up against the neighbouring rock face to the rear. And the front has an extension added to it for all the visitors that might come to the hermitage on special occasions. However, the extension looks haphazard, and it isn’t the most graceful-looking structure that I’ve seen at either a temple or hermitage in Korea. Inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall, you’ll find a solitary image of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) on the main altar. There are four additional murals of Gwanseeum-bosal inside the main hall. To the left of the main altar is a rather large Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

To the right of the main hall is a shaman shrine hall with a twist. The exterior walls to this shrine hall are adorned with a fierce blue dragon and a white tiger. Stepping inside this shaman shrine hall, and instead of having the typical triad of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) and Chilseong (The Seven Stars), this triad is centred by a mural dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal. And it’s fronted by a stone statue dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul (The Medicine Buddha, and the Buddha of the Eastern Paradise). To the right of these two images is an image of Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) and to the left is that of Chilseong (The Seven Stars). Conspicuously absent is an image of Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit).

But the main reason, or at least one of the main reasons, you’ve made your way up to Gyemyeongam Hermitage is for the view. The view of both Busan and Beomeosa Temple in the valley below is stunning. Together, they make for quite the beautiful view out in front of the Gwaneum-jeon Hall.

How To Get There

From the Beomeosa Station subway stop, you’ll need to take exit #1. From there, you’ll need to walk about a block uphill to get to the bus stop, where you can take Bus #90. This bus will bring you directly to Beomeosa Temple. But instead of walking left towards the Iljumun Gate at Beomeosa Temple, you’ll need to hang a right towards a cluster of hermitages at Beomeosa Temple. There will be a sign halfway up between the temple and the hermitage. The sign will read “계명암” on it. Follow these signs, as they lead you right of Beomeosa Temple. Eventually, you’ll come to a small parking lot. The path will fork like a “W.” Take the trail that leads to the right. Here, you’ll finally see a large metal sign, as well as a signpost, pointing you in the right direction up the trail that leads all the way up to Gyemyeongam Hermitage.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Gyemyeongam Hermitage has a beautiful panoramic view of Beomeosa Temple down below and Busan off in the distance. In addition to all the natural beauty that surrounds Gyemyeongam Hermitage, you can also enjoy the interior artwork of the Gwaneum-jeon Hall or the unique combination inside the shaman shrine hall to the right of the main hall. Beomeosa Temple is home to a handful of hermitages that are definitely worth a visit, and Gyemyeongam Hermitage is one of those sites.

The sign leading you up towards Gyemyeongam Hermitage. And the steep trail that guides you there. The Iljumun Gate that welcomes you to the hermitage. The outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal at Gyemyeongam Hermitage. A look inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. Two of the paintings of the Bodhisattva of Compassion inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. A closer look at the main altar inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. The five-story slender pagoda to the south of the shaman shrine hall at Gyemyeongam Hermitage. A white tiger that adorns the exterior wall of the shaman shrine hall. And a blue dragon that adorns another exterior wall of the shaman shrine hall. Rather strangely, the triad inside the shaman shrine hall are Dokseong (right), Gwanseeum-bosal with a statue of Yaksayeorae-bul (centre), and Chilseong (left). The view from the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. With a look down at the Beomeosa Temple grounds and the neighbouring hermitages. And a closer look at Beomeosa Temple from the heights of Gyemyeongam Hermitage. —

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Korean phone number – All you need to know (+how to get one)

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-07-06 05:56

Do you have your Korean phone number? You might have gotten one before, or you plan to get one for your next trip to South Korea.

In this article, we will introduce you to what Korean phone numbers look like and how they are formatted. And even more importantly, we will also give you some information on how you can actually get a phone number in South Korea!

Is a Korean phone number necessary when visiting only?

Even if you are in South Korea for just one week, it may be handy to rent a sim card and have a local phone number in your possession.

Especially if you are coming in for a longer visit or living in Korea for some time, having a phone number in Korea will be quite essential to you. During the height of the pandemic, for example, it was even required for each incoming foreigner to possess a local phone number.

Why should one get a Korean phone number?

When you are equipped with a local phone number, daily life in the country will be so much easier for you. For example, sometimes your foreign number may not work properly when in the country. Whereas with Korean local numbers, you can easily connect with people over the phone.

You may also be unable to register for some services without a local phone number and can only get a data plan with a local number. That means, without a local number, you’ll be stuck relying on spotty wi-fi internet and may not have the option to reach out or be reached out to everywhere, even in the city!

In cases like this, you’ll realize how convenient calling or sending SMS to people you know can be!

What Do Korean Phone Numbers Look Like?

We have already given you some information on what Korean phone numbers are like in our article on Korean numbers. Drawing from that article, you might already know that there are two types of phone numbers in Korea: mobile phone and telephone.

In both cases, Sino-Korean numbers are used to spell out the phone numbers. In that linked article, you can also learn some useful phrases related to Korean phone numbers. Here is a visual example of a number used for mobile and telephones in the Seoul region:

Mobile phone number: 010-6203-3087

Telephone number: 02-9674-5122

The South Korea country code is +82. You can use it with both mobile and telephone numbers. For refreshment, here is how adding in the area code modifies the numbers:

For mobile phones, the number goes from 010-6203-3087 to +82-10-6203-3087

While telephone number goes from 02-9674-5122 to +82-2-9674-5122

So, thankfully, not too difficult for you to quickly remember! Although, do note that the area codes for Ulsan and Busan are 52 and 51 respectively, as opposed to 82 for the Seoul code. However, in total, the number consists of 10 digits, still, so there will be one digit less in the middle section.

How many digits are there in a Korean phone number?

Each mobile or cell phone number in Korea consists of 11 numbers. On the other hand, telephone numbers have 10 digits each. Below, we’ll also tell you more about the specific formats used for mobile and telephone numbers in Korea.

Mobile number format

For the 11-digit mobile numbers, they start with the three-digit codes 010 before moving on to an 8-number combination that is unique to each number.

Sometimes it is possible to get to choose the last 4 digits yourself, but the middle 4 are always automatically generated.

Telephone number format

For telephones, the numbers usually start with the combination 02. You likely won’t find many households that still carry a landline phone, but many government offices and other businesses still have telephone numbers like this.

How do I get a phone number in Korea?

If you are in South Korea, it’ll be advantageous for you to have a local number, even if it’s just for a short amount of time. There are three ways you can get your own phone number in Korea. We’ve listed them below.

Alien Registration Card

The process of getting yourself equipped with a South Korean phone number is easier when you are staying in the country for more than three months and will get the Alien Registration Card as well as a local bank account; however, it is not impossible without one, either.

With the ARC, you can walk into any Korean phone store (with Gwanghwamun’s KT Olleh being especially popular among foreigners) and register for a phone plan, either with a contract or a pre-paid option.

Data-only plans

In some cases, it may also be beneficial to get a local phone with the number, as well. It is possible to also get a data-only plan if you so wish. The cheapest plans start from just 12,000won. With a data plan added on, the plans ofter start from 30,000won.

SIM card rental

And if you happen to only be visiting for less than three months, you can rent a SIM card – and even a whole cellphone! – at the airport. You can order it online in advance and then pick it up from the airport upon arrival.

Can I get a Korean phone number if I’m outside Korea?

Of course, if you are not in South Korea, you will not need their local number. There are ways these days to get a virtual phone number for Korea or any other country, from wherever in the world you are.

For example, Call Hippo offers such a service. However, although available and cheaper in comparison to traditional international calls, services like these are mostly used for business purposes only.

Did you find our article on South Korea phone numbers useful to you? What else would you like to know about the process of purchasing plans and mobile phones in South Korea? Let us know below in the comments!

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Native English Speaker looking for Full-Time Job

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-07-06 04:00
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I am an American living in Busan looking to work as an English Teacher. 

I am 25 years old, have been living in Korea for 6 years, and have my degree apostilled as well as a recently requested a criminal background check that I will apostille as well.

I have around 3+ years of teaching experience in the US and Korea combined. I have worked with kinder, elementary and middle school before in Korea and taught adults in the US. I had one school close while working there and then the other I left with months of notice in advanced due to receiving a Korean government scholarship to pursue a master's degree at Pusan National University 


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Air Filter For Sale

Koreabridge - Wed, 2022-07-06 02:28
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2.5 month short term rental needed

Koreabridge - Tue, 2022-07-05 18:53
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I will be traveling with my Korean wife and child from October through December 16th. I am hoping to find a short term rental or sublet near Yeonsan 8 dong, or in nearby neighborhoods if parking is available (Dongnae, Suyeoung, etc.). We are a clean and responsible family exploring our options between air bnb or trying our luck here. If you're a teacher taking a semester off this coming fall, we'd be happy to house-sit and water your plants! Please email if you have a place available for even part of this time.

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Master Politeness Levels with Billy Go | #14: Making Casual Speech

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-07-04 12:42

No matter how you typically speak Korean or who you speak with, it's essential to know about Casual Speech and how it relates to politeness levels. This lesson will introduce the basics of Casual Speech, including several common grammar forms.

Also remember that if you're a YouTube channel Member you can access all 24 lessons in this course right now. If you're unable to join, don't worry! I'll continue to make one new episode free every week.

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3 bedroom duplex for rent

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-07-04 11:38
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Bottom apartment of a duplex, with air conditioning is available for rent. Lounge, 3 bedrooms, large, medium, and small, with 1 bathroom, kitchen, dinning area, and a laundry room. Also has a small courtyard. 

Very convenient.

Close to Home plus, Mega Mart,

 Dongnae market, and the peaceful Oncheoncheon River.

Many local shops, restaurants, and parks. Two minutes from Dongnae station, on the Donghae line, and five minutes from Nangmin station, on line 4.

10 million deposit, 400,000 a month rent. More deposit, less rent. Pets are very welcome. Viewing after 6pm, M-F, or anytime on the weekend. Photos to come. If interested, message me on 010•5775•1956  thanks

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The search for work

Koreabridge - Mon, 2022-07-04 06:43
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I'm looking for part-time or full time work.

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Wonwonsa Temple – 원원사 (Gyeongju)

Koreabridge - Sun, 2022-07-03 23:36
The East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site in Gyeongju. Temple History

Wonwonsa Temple is located in the southeastern part of Gyeongju and east of Mt. Bongseosan (360.8 m). Wonwonsa Temple was first built during Unified Silla (668-935 A.D.). The temple is believed to have first been built by the monks Anhye and Nangyung, who were esoteric Buddhist monks, as well as Kim Yu-sin (595-673 A.D.), Kim Ui-won and Kim Sul-jong. In fact, and alongside Sacheonwangsa Temple and Geumgwangsa Temple, Wonwonsa Temple was a leading esoteric Buddhist temple during Unified Silla and the early part of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). And much like other temples built at this time during the early part of Unified Silla like Gameunsa Temple and Mangdeoksa Temple, Wonwonsa Temple was a place for people to pray for national security. In fact, Wonwonsa Temple is located in the spot that blocks enemies from invading from the east by way of the sea. Gwanmun Mountain Fortress was made to defend against enemies coming from the East Sea, and it stands near Wonwonsa Temple. So Wonwonsa Temple acted as a spiritual defence against invading forces, and Gwanmun Mountain Fortress was made to physically resist any and all invaders.

Wonwonsa Temple remained as a temple up until the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The current configuration of the temple was recently constructed. The older temple site for the Wonwonsa-ji Temple Site is located slightly to the east, where you’ll find the East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #1429. These two pagodas were restored by the Japanese during Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945). As for the Wonwonsa-ji Temple Site, it’s a Historic Site.

Temple Layout

As you first approach the temple grounds from the road, statues of the Four Heavenly Kings will greet you. Passing by these rather large stone statues, you’ll next make your way through the temple parking lot and up a set of stairs that guide you towards the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. Just to the right of these uneven stairs is a large image of Podae-hwasang (The Hempen Bag).

Having finally climbed the set of stairs, you’ll be welcomed to the main temple courtyard by the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. The main hall is fronted by a pair of ferocious stone lions and a bronze incense burner. Also, there are two tall statues book-ending the front of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. They are of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) to the left and Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) to the right. The exterior walls to the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall, on the other hand, are adorned with a set of elegant Shimu-do (The Ox-Herding Murals). And rather uniquely, there is a monkey-like image sitting on top of a decorative dragon’s head on the left rear corner of the main hall’s eaves.

Stepping inside the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall, you’ll be greeted by three rows of smaller sized statues backing the main altar triad. These images are gold, white, and bronze coloured statues, and they represent various Buddhas. As for the triad of statues on the main altar, it’s centred by Birojana-bul (The Buddha of Cosmic Energy). And this central image is joined on either side by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) and Nosana-bul (The Perfect Body Buddha). Rounding out the interior of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall is a nice Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) on the left wall.

To the rear of the main hall, and to the left, is the Samseong-gak Hall. Housed inside this shaman shrine hall are wood reliefs dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars), Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint). Rather interestingly, the Samseong-gak Hall also houses a mural dedicated to Indra and Brahma. Obviously both are Hindu gods; however, with the advent of Mahayana Buddhism, which Korean Buddhist is a part of, these two gods became guardians. So alongside such images as the Four Heavenly Kings, both Indra and Brahma are thought to be important guardians in Buddhism. These two central images of Indra and Brahama are then joined by the Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) in a row at the bottom of the mural, as well as various other guardians that surround the central images of Indra and Brahma.

To the right of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall is a simplistic Jong-ru Pavilion. Housed inside this bell pavilion are the four traditional percussion instruments in Korean Buddhism. Also in this area of the temple grounds is the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. The rear side of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall is adorned with four frightening judgment murals. As for the interior of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall, you’ll find a solitary statue of Jijang-bosal sitting all alone on the main altar. He’s backed by a rather unique mural of himself, and Jijang-bosal is joined in this mural by the Siwang (The Ten Kings of the Underworld). To the right of the image of Jijang-bosal is a triad of statues centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). Amita-bul, in turn, is joined by Gwanseeum-bosal and Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power for Amita-bul). And hanging on the wall to the right of this triad is yet another Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

However, the real highlight to Wonwonsa Temple is the Wonwonsa-ji Temple Site to the east of the newly constructed temple grounds at Wonwonsa Temple. Up a set of stairs that’s situated between the monks’ dorms and the Myeongbu-jeon Hall is the former temple site. All that remains at the temple site are twin pagodas that are officially known as the East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site. Both pagodas stand approximately seven metres in height, but were destroyed during the temple’s decline. They were subsequently restored by the “Society for the Preservation of Historical Relics in Gyeongju” during the fall of 1931. The twin pagodas are identical in both style and size. The lower part of the pagodas are adorned with the Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) with three reliefs on each of the four sides. Each of the twelve images rest upon a stone lotus relief. And the first story of the three-story structure is adorned with the Four Heavenly Kings (one on each side). Unfortunately, the finial of the pagodas were largely damaged. It’s believed that pagodas date back to the mid-8th century. Additionally, it’s thought that these pagodas were the first to have reliefs of the Sibiji-shin on them. And between the pair of pagodas is a stone alms bowl similar to the one found at Tongdosa Temple, but smaller in size. Like the one at Tongdosa Temple, this alms bowl is believed to be made for Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha) upon his return to Earth in the future.

How To Get There

From the Ulsan Intercity Bus Terminal, you can catch city Bus #1402 to the Taehwa-bangjik bus stop in Gyeongju. The bus ride lasts 34 stops, and it’ll take you just over an hour to get there. After being dropped off at this bus stop, you’ll then need to walk 3.3 km up a twisting road that is well-marked with Wonwonsa Temple signs. Other buses you can take to get to Wonwonsa Temple from Ulsan are Ulsan city Bus #112, #402, #412, and #702.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Obviously, the main attraction to Wonwonsa Temple is the Wonwonsa-ji Temple site and the pair of pagodas that date back to the 8th century. The stone reliefs that adorns these religious structures are stunning especially the Sibiji-shin. Other highlights at Wonwonsa Temple is the interior of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall, the Indra and Brahma painting inside the Samseong-gak Hall and the judgment murals that adorn the backside of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. All-in-all, Wonwonsa Temple makes for a nice little getaway from the more famous temples in Gyeongju.

The stairs leading up to the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. A better look at the main hall. The uniquely designed image from the Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Murals) with the twin pagodas of Wonwonsa Temple. A look inside the colourful Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. And the picturesque view from the main hall. The mural inside the Samseong-gak Hall of Indra and Brahma. The mokeo (wooden fish drum) and Braham Bell inside the Jong-ru Pavilion at Wonwonsa Temple. One of the Judgment Murals that adorns the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. The main altar inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall with a green haired image of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). And Jijang-bosal is joined inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall by this triad centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). The western pagoda and stone alms bowl of the East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site. And the eastern pagoda. A closer look at the eastern pagoda with three Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) and one of the Four Heavenly Kings. Again, three more Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) and one of the Four Heavenly Kings. A closer look at the eastern pagoda and Jeungjang-cheonwang (The eastern Heavenly King) —

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