Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Korea #5: The Golden Temple
The Golden Mountain Temple
114 words, reading time 30 seconds
Buddhism came to Korea in 323 and about one-quarter of the nation’s inhabitants remain Buddhist today. Japan destroyed many of their temples in the first half of the 20th century but the Golden Mountain Temple, which is close to Jeonju and dates back to the 7th century, was spared.
You get to the temple by passing scores of high rise apartments and densely farmed cropland and then into low, forested mountains. It’s a popular destination for Koreans and some of them had been camping in the rain when we arrived. As you will see, it is a lush and beautiful place and I will again let it speak for itself: