Traditionally, Buddhist temples were built in rural locations, often on the sides of mountains. Haeinsa is no exception to this. Korea is an exquisitely beautiful country, something which is easy to forget admidst the ugliness of the cities. The land which the temple occupies is a part of the Mount Gaya National Park.
I hadn’t expected find Smokey the Bear in Korea, but here he is! If you want to see more about Korea’s national parks, please visit the Korea National Park Service website at http://english.knps.go.kr.