Saturday, November 6, 2010

An ancient temple ensconced in nature Beomeosa Temple

This 1,000-year-old temple at Mt. Geumjeong is surrounded by an ancient pine forest, making for a sight you’ll surely never forget.

While there are many temples in Korea, few that remain standing are in such a serene setting. The valley on the left side of the Iljumun (one pillar gate) is a haven for wisterias. This type of tree cannot stand by itself, which aptly reflects some of the teachings inside the temple about human life. Pass the Iljumun and you’ll encounter the Cheonwang Gate (temple gate dedicated to the Four Devas) and Burimun (last gate to main building), where there is a thick wooded area off to the side.

This place adequately captures the full spirit of Busan and the temple itself. On the way to Geumjeong Fortress’s North Gate, you see huge boulders and other types of rocks as well as oak, pine and hackberry trees. ?

 How to get there: Subway line No. 1 to Beomeosa Temple Station, then take bus No. 90.

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