Gangnam Seoul Korea (day 1)

 This is what I have been up to for a week, traveling to Seoul Korea and exploring the city as well as culture and ... FOOD! Here goes day one, went to SM Town Coex and main attraction: Bongenusa Templestay.



 
snack between places, 
 Coex, Gangnam






Bongeunsa Temple is a 1,200 year old temple located in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Built in 794 C.E. during the reign of King Wonseong by National Teacher, Ven. Yeonhoe, Bongeunsa became the head temple of the Seon sect during the Joseon Dynasty, when the government supported Confucianism. In addition, through the national examinations for recruiting monks, it produced great masters such as Master Seosan and Samyeong, who revived the lineage of Seon (Zen) practice in Korea. In the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty, Ven. Younggi built the Pan-jeon to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures, as well as eighty-one engraved volumes of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Jeonghee Kim, at that time a great scholar and calligrapher, resided here and developed his own unique writing style, known as Chusache. More recently, when Bongeunsa was experiencing a period of decline, Ven. Youngam gradually gathered land and laid the foundation for a huge temple compound in present-day Gangnam. In the 1960s, the Dongguk Translation Institute was established at this temple to spearhead the translation of Buddhist scriptures from Chinese to Korean. 

Today, Bongeunsa is writing a new history for Korean Buddhism, establishing itself as the center of Buddhist practice. Monks apply themselves to chanting, monastic meals, communal work, and Seon meditation. 
 obvi I love doors,




 wishes,









thank you all for stopping by and reading the bits...
xxx

4 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful place! I love your post!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  2. Looks like you had an eventful day! Those trees are gorgeous.

    Melanie | The Mel Division

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  3. thank you guys for your lovely comments...
    xxx

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  4. Korea is my dream. I went 3 month ago and last years than ks to herasmus. Such as a beautiful place!

    DadieB. ~
    dadiebradshaw.com

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