Category Archives: Temple

A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan

From Seodaemun Prison, I walked up to Inwangsan, one of the set of mountains which guards the old city of Seoul, and still contains remains of the old city wall. I didn’t have time to go to the peak (I … Continue reading

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After visiting the Joseon royal tombs, I went to the old temple Bongeun-sa, which, like the royal tombs, in incongruous with its surroundings in the Gangnam District. I think it says something about what I’m interested in that the only … Continue reading

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Jogyesa: A Buddhist Temple in the Heart of Seoul

Jogyesa is a Buddhist Temple right next to Insadong, between Jongmyo and Gyeongbokgung, in other words, it’s exactly where the tourists are. I’ve said before a few times that Buddhism was banned in Seoul during the Joseon dynasty. So how … Continue reading

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Bomun-sa, Seongmodo’s Temple of Having Sons

Just to the west of Ganghwa Island is another, smaller island, Seongmodo. Ganghwa is connected to the mainland by bridge, but Seongmodo is not connected to anywhere by bridge. Therefore, one goes to Seongmodo by taking a ferry from Ganghwa. … Continue reading

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Archaeological Ruins of Baekje in Buyeo

Around the modern-day town of Buyeo, there are a few remains from Baekje times which are open to tourists. The most important is Busosanseong, which I’ve already written about. However, there are a couple of other sites around town. The … Continue reading

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Temple by the Horse’s Ears, Temple of a Dedicated Stone-Piler

I went to Maisan Provincial Park in Jinan County, Jeollabuk Province, to see one of South Korea’s more unusual temples. I walked from the entrance of Maisan Provincial Park to the pass between the peaks of Sutmaisan and Ammaisan – … Continue reading

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Sanbangsan, the Cliff Sitting on Jeju’s Coast

The dramatic landmark jutting out on the southwestern tip of Jeju Island is Sanbangsan. I started at Hwasun Beach, and walked along Jeju Olle Route #10. It turns out that the southern coast of Jeju Island does have a little … Continue reading

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