Magnificent Monday is here again. Hosted by Jim over at Holes in My Soles This weeks theme is “colors”.
I have always been fascinated by the colors of the temples here in Korea. This traditional Korean coloring is called Dancheong, and you will find that almost all of the temples here are painted in pretty much the same color scheme. What I find very strange is that although green is always a prominent color, it is never mentioned in anything that I have read about Dancheong. You can learn more here:
Also, notice that there is a lot of yellow featured at several of these temples. Yellow is an important color in Korea, symbolizing aspects of pride, nature,and accomplishment. Find out more here: The color yellow in Korea.
Dragon’s Head at the Nun’s Temple (outskirts, Daejeon Korea)
(Featured in the March 2008 issue of National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel.)
Hwaeomsa Temple (Giri-San,Korea)
One of the most important temples in Korea. You can find more info. here: Hwaeomsa Temple.
Bulguksa Temple (Gyeongju, Korea)
Another important temple here in Korea. More information is available here: Bulguksa Temple.
Which do you prefer? The newly painted Hwaomsa or the slightly faded Bulguksa?
In my neighborhood…Many Korean neighborhoods have their own temples. This one is located a short walk from my apartment. I have no idea if it has a name or not.
Admission to temples in Korea is usually free, and a great way to spend a day or an afternoon without breaking your budget. You can also participate in the very affordable temple stay program. Find out how: Temple Stay.