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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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.
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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