Monday, November 1, 2010

Okcheon Temple, Gyeongsangnam-do

For a more in-depth write-up of what is of interest to see in the elusive Goseong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, please read Kim Hyungyoon's article in the Koreana. The following is liberally taken from this informative article.

Okcheonsa Temple on Mount Yeonhwasan in Gaecheon-myeon is a large, old temple which has as many as 12 buildings, including the Daeungjeon (main Buddha hall - pictured above) built in 1745 and the 300-year-old Jabangnu Pavilion. These large buildings are arranged in a manner which makes them resemble a lotus flower when seen from above. Okcheonsa is he home to numerous Buddhist treasures. The merits and values of Buddha are clearly on display in the temple's 120 or so relics, which include the pictured iron drum called imjamyeong banja made by Goryeo artisans in 1252 and used in both shamanic and Buddhist rituals, a large bell very similar to the Emile Bell located in Gyungju, the capitol of the Shilla Dynasty, a bronze incense burner, and the pictured wooden blocks of the Buddhist script Geunganggyeong (Sutra to Teach the Principles of Buddhism).

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