Monday, October 5, 2009

Korea (VI). Haeinsa

Haeinsa is a Korean Buddhist temple in the middle of the mountains. The temple itself is quite impressive. Besides, it houses the Tripitaka Koreana, one of the most important Buddhist canons in the world. It is an impressive collection of caved wooden blocks with the buddhist canons and it does not have a single mistake in it! The Tripitaka Koreana is located at the top of the temple and photos are not allowed. Check the article in wikipedia (link above) to see some images. The temple and the Tripitaka Koreana have been declared UNESCO World Heritage.

The setting of the temple is amazing: in the middle of the mountains in a rural area, around one hour and a half from Daegu. You have to hike for around 20 minutes before getting to the temple entrance. This hike in the middle of a forest with some streams is highly enjoyable. In the end, once in the temple, quite a lot of peace... the sound of bells ringing, the wind singing in your ears... peaceful is the word... you can think and relax in a place like that!

Some photos now. Enjoy!

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