Korea: A Favorite Photo For Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Welcome to week 249 of Travel Photo Thursday. The new job continues to kick my butt, in a good way. Yesterday was a 12.5 hour day spent between the classroom and meetings. Earlier this week I took a few minutes to browse through photo archives (great stress reliever!), and I posted a gorgeous shot on my Facebook timeline that received some fab comments and likes (thanks, everyone!). I’m sharing that photo with you all today. I would have shared more Korea photos here today, but I am now locked out of my Flickr account (first time ever, and where I store almost all of my photos). I have backup, but not easily accessible at the moment. (It never rains but it pours.)

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Lotus at Bongwonsa Temple in Seoul

Lotus at Bongwonsa Temple in Seoul


This is an important temple in Seoul, and one of the best places to photograph lotus flowers. Here is what Korea Tourism says about Bongwonsa.

“Located at the skirt of Ansan Mountain in Bongwon-dong , Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Bongwonsa temple , as the center of Korean Buddhism Taego, is a thousand year old temple with a long history and tradition. In 889 (3rd year of Shilla Jinseong Queen’s reign), Master Dosun founded it at the ground of Yeonhui palace (now Yonsei Univ.) and named it Banyasa temple. It was destroyed during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, and later in 1748 (24th year of Joseon King Yeongjo’s reign), it was rebuilt and renamed “Bongwonsa” by two Buddhist monks, Chanjeup and Jeungam.

“Yeongsanjae”, one of the Buddhist rituals and also the Important Intangible Cultural Properties No. 50, takes place at Bongwonsa on June 6 every year wishing for the world peace and the reunification of North and South Korea. It was designated as one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009. During Yeongsanjae, visitors can enjoy the Buddhist arts such as Beompae (Buddhist temple music for rituals) and dancing. Also, during summer time, “Seoul Lotus Flower Culture Festival” takes place, so visitors can enjoy the beautiful lotus flowers which are a symbol of Buddhism.”

The day that I visited I thought that the “Seoul Lotus Flower Culture Festival” was happening, but the date I had was off by a week. I still spent a few happy hours photographing the amazing flowers and the temple.

If you do visit, be sure to take the bus from the subway. I walked, and it was brutally hot that day! The temple is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Getting there: 

Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4.
– Take the bus 7024 and get off at the last stop.
– Walk up the Bonwonsa-gil street for about 350m.

You can enjoy more photos from Bongwonsa Temple here


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  1. What a lovely photo. For some reason I never think of Korea as hot. I have no idea why….

    • Hi Lydia. Korea is very hot in the summer, and humid. The humidity is the killer!

  2. Wow! I can see why that is a favorite photo – so much color. And a lotus flower festival sounds wonderful; you’ll have to make a return trip!

    • Hi Cindy! The lotuses were gorgeous, and I definitely want to get to this festival.

  3. At least arriving prematurely would have meant the crowds were less. Will/did you return on the correct day? PS It is a gorgeous photo. Those are big days you’re working!

    • Hi Jan. No, I didn’t get back for the festival. I will have to try next year. It was a perfect for photographing the lotus flowers!

  4. That is such a beautiful image you captured of that lotus. I like the story about the temple’s history and culture, too. By the way, you have really motivated me today. I was dragging along feeling too busy to write a post. You definitely have me beat on work hours. If you can do it, I should, too. Thanks for taking the time and effort to host Travel Photo Thursday every week, even if your hard drive or Flikr try to stop you.

    • Hi Michele, and thanks! I’m glad I can be an inspiration to someone these days!! 🙂

  5. Beautiful flowers. I hope you get your Flickr problems sorted soon. Hmmm…I don’t seem to be able to add my link. I will have to come back later. Happy travels and thanks for hosting. Enjoy your new school year.

    • Hi Jill. Yes, finally sorted out, but have to say I am not impressed with Yahoo. If it wasn’t for my Flickr account, I would not have an email account with them. I hope you managed to post your link.

  6. Gorgeous shot, Nancie. And interesting to note how both Koreas hope and wish for reunification. Will they ever be able to agree on one form of government, I wonder?

    • Hi Sophie. Thanks! Hard to say what will happen here in Korea. Lately, the north seems to have taken a more conciliatory stance, but who knows how long that will last. There always to be a hidden agenda.

  7. Beautiful photo – and I’m enjoying adding to my list of places to visit in Korea when I visit my daughter there.

    • Hi Jill. It’s a beautiful temple, and if you are there when the lotus are in bloom that’s an extra bonus!

  8. Oh my the Lotus flower is magnificent! I don’t think I have ever seen one in my travels. Sounds like you have been having dramas. I hope everything sorts itself out. xx

    • Hi Kathy. One of my favorite flowers. Yes, tech and I don’t seem to be getting along too well recently!

  9. Lovely shot! 🙂 The colors are beautiful!

  10. Lotus flowers are so beautiful when they’re in bloom! I used to live near a park in Asan out in the countryside and there were a ton of them.


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