Friday, September 12, 2008

Naksan Temple

During our orientation in Yang Yang, Gangwon-do a couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to visit Naksansa (sa = temple). Much of the temple burned several years ago, but the hillsides are reforesting nicely, and we saw restoration of what looked like the last building or two to be repaired while we were there. It's a beautiful temple on a hill over the ocean, and it has what may be the largest statue of Gwaneum (Guan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion) in East Asia.

Temples are typically built on hills here, so they collect the spring water into beautiful sinks from which the visitors can drink.

The coast of Gangwondo at Naksan, Korea.

Late blooming wildflowers (this was the last days of August).

An algae covered pond and temple structure. Notice the hollowed log behind the small statue, flowing spring water into the pond.

Kyle got into the spring water drinking, following the little girl's lead.

After much ascending we came to the giant Guan Yin statue.

It must have been 50 feet tall, and appeared to be in the sky, somehow seperate from us on the ground.

On our way out: myself, Melanie, Kim and Kyle.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

wonderful pictures, thank you...