Trip to Tongdosa Temple

This weekend’s trip was the to stunning Tongdosa temple, in Gyeongsangnam-do. This temple is the largest Buddhist in Korea and is one of the three jewel temples of Korea. The temple was founded during the Silla dynasty, during the reign of Queen Sondok. (I had to take a photo of the information panel at the entrance to the temple as, very unusually, I wasn’t not given a leaflet or map.) It is unusual for a Buddhist temple as there is no statue of Buddha.

This is still very much an active temple and services were going on when we were there – so obviously I couldn’t go in a start snapping away, and there are still lots of individual buildings serving different aspects of the religion but it is a lot smaller than at it’s peak – when there were over a hundred buildings with thousand of monks. The candle in the main temple is said to have never gone out!

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra Howells
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 19:34:20

    fantastic buildings, I should think the atmosphere was good too. Do I see you wearing coats?
    (Picture titles ok on email page but not here)

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  2. Sandra Howells
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 19:36:19

    Ops sorry they appear when I look at the pictures in more detail, put it down to technophobic me.

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  3. Esther Haydock
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:09:23

    I’m glad the photos work OK. I am playing around with the settings a bit more. Yes we started wearing coats and then ended with them tied around our waists. The temple is in the mountains and a bit cooler than in town.

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