Over two thousand years ago, Buddha was born and from him came a religion that didn't believe in God and as well as thousands of statues of fat naked men - what a hero! With this in mind, Katie and I would celebrate his birthday (and a day off work :D) in style by visiting one of the many rammed temples across Asia.
We went to Samgwangsa, which is near Seomyeon and involved a bus ride during which we had to stand. Bus drivers in Korea aren’t aware of a constant velocity. They feel the need to accelerate quickly towards stationary cars at red lights before slamming on the brakes and narrowly escaping a collision. This means all regular bus users, together with squat john users, have incredibly strong thigh muscles. Busercise is the new hot yoga!
After the busercise, we arrived at Samgwangsa (courtesy of http://daleskoreantempleadventures.blogspot.com/ - a super website for Korean temple visits) and were immediately greeted by tat sellers. “Tat for sale, get your tat” they chanted in Korean and many obliged by purchasing things to clutter their desks at work.
The temples hang colourful lanterns pretty much everywhere during Buddha’s birthday celebrations and families may pay to do something to the lanterns relating to something to do with Buddhism (I remember when this blog was informative). So this means there are some incredible views so I’m gonna let the pictures do the talking:
|Many Many Birthday Boys|
|My Personal Sculpture|
This temple was a real site to behold and was beautifully decorated. We especially liked these figures of the 12 zodiac animals (I didn’t photograph them all).
|Later this guy was fighting Peter Griffin|
|They've Taken Over|
A few days later we decided to see another temple called Haedong Yonggungsa, which is located in Heundae on a cliff face. After the customary charge past the tat sellers, we made it to the temple and were greeted by this:
|Traditional Lampposts Greeting Us|
|The Hand Chair (Arrested Development Fans)|
|Entrance to the Temple|
|Which one is Katie?|
|Happy Birthday Again Buddhas|
Katie and I loved this temple because of the unique positioning on the cliff face. It meant we could take photos like this:
|What is My Leg Doing Here!?|
As you can see, there were still some lanterns up, which spoiled some photos, but I’m excited about revisiting with Katie’s family when they come to stay in 2 weeks (:D) and I’ll have my new camera - yay! Hope you enjoyed this more photoful, touristy and traditional blog post. Be back soon.