Bota-sa was our next stop during Buddha’s birthday celebrations. Welcome to Week 279 (5/26/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. This is going to be a quick post. I am really under a lot of time constraints right now with the end of the semester looming. Do enjoy a bit more of Buddhas birthday this week.
After enjoying the festivities at Bomun-sa and Mit’a-sa, we made our back to the bus and managed to creep through the traffic to our next destination, Bota-Sa hermitage. The temple serves as a convent for approximately 50 nuns studying Buddhism and social work. Bota-Sa was relatively quiet. This order of nuns is connected to a temple near the city of Daegu, so most of them traveled there for Buddha’s birthday. The temple is known for its fifteen foot white Kwanseum Posal (or Goddess of Mercy), carved on the rock behind the main temple building.
We passed these grave markers on the way up to Bota-sa.
A quiet corner at Bota-Sa…
Beautiful floral arrangement in front of the main temple building.
A description of the famed stone Buddha.
Hard to get a shot that shows the complete statue. I needed a different lens! However, I think the head is the most interesting aspect. I don’t remember seeing a Buddha look like this anywhere else in Asia. Apparently, this is how Buddha was visually represented during the Goryeo Period in Korea.
I was intrigued by the eyebrows and the lips. I’m wondering if this is original, or do the nuns make him up for the occasion? 🙂
Candles at the base of the statue lit in celebration of Buddha’s birthday.
Buddha’s birthday decorations are not complete without colorful lanterns.
Bota-sa is just down the street from where I work. To get there take subway line 6 and get off at Anam Station. Check out the map here. Like most temples, it’s usually opened daily from sunrise to sunset. While you’re in the neighborhood, visit the beautiful buildings on the Korea University campus.
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