Posted by: rbbadger | October 13, 2008

Bulguksa

Here are some photos of Bulguksa, a large Buddhist temple near Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do.  I don’t think that I need to make many explanations for a lot of the things here.  The temple houses one of Korea’s finest architectural treasures, the Dabotap pagoda.  Unfortunately, as you can now see, it is under renovation, so it is not possible to appreciate this 8th century pagoda in all its splendour.  Most of the buildings burnt down at one time or another, so they have been successively rebuilt.  The foundations are original, though.  Click on each thumbnail to get a larger view.  The fierce-looking statue is of one of the four heavenly kings, guardians of the Buddhist lands who often strike fearsome looking poses in the four guardians gate of many temples.  You will also notice a swastika on one of the buildings.  The swastika has a long traditional in both Hinduism and Buddhism.  In fact, temples are often identified on signs by a swastika along with the temple name in at least Korean and English. 

       

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