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Live Music: OL’55 18th Anniversary Party w/ 책거리 & Barbie Dolls

Fri, 2023-06-09 01:42
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023 - 21:30Location: Event Type: 


OL'55 18th Anniversary Party! This Saturday, June 10th @ OL'55 we are celebrating 18 years of this place! That's nuts, and we’re gonna be going rock and roll styles with the Barbie Dolls- a band that has almost been playing here that long! 책거리, another Collwyn joint, is gonna warm up for them! Music is set to start at 9:30! And it’s FREE.

There is a strong chance of jams and merrymaking into the wee hours.

OL’55 was born back in 2005, and it has been home to a lot of us ever since. Come see some friendly faces on Saturday! 

OL'55 18주년 파티!  

오엘55의 18주년 축하파티 함께해요! 
.언제: 6월 10일 토요일 
.입장: 무료
1. 책거리 밴드의 오프닝 공연 
2. The Barbie Dolls 밴드의 로큰롤 스타일 공연과 파티 ~!
3. 늦은 밤까지 잼 연주

OL'55는 2005년에 오픈했으며, 이후로 많은 사람들에게 집같이 편한 공간이 되었습니다.  
토요일, 반가운 얼굴들과 만나요!

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American English Teacher Looking for Teaching Position

Thu, 2023-06-08 09:16
Classified Ad Type: Neighborhood: Busan

Native English Teacher with experience!

Looking for an afternoon part-time position starting in July!

Needs to be after 2pm and preference in Seomyeon area but open to KSU and Dongrae.


Alternatively, would be open to full-time if ending time is before 6pm!

Please contact for resume!

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BGN Eye Hospital summer event

Thu, 2023-06-08 07:59
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Busan

Meet BGN Eye Hospital Crazy Summer Event!

Say bye to your glasses this summer season.

Get 200,000 KRW discount for BGN LASIK/BGN LASEK/BGN SMILE surgeries.

Get 300,000 KRW discount for all PREMIUM surgeries! ( Quattro, Quattro Plus, Penta).

Not sure if you are a candidate for SMILE or maybe LASEK?

No more doubts, contact us to book your FREE LASIK consultation today!

*Event is valid until July 31st 2023

Phone: 010-7670-3995

kakao: eye1004bgnbusan

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Colonial Korea – Ssanggyesa Temple

Wed, 2023-06-07 23:35
The entrance to Ssanggyesa Temple from 1910. (Picture Courtesy of the National Museum of Korea). Temple History

Ssanggyesa Temple is located in Jirisan National Park in Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do. The temple was first constructed in 722 A.D., and it was called Okcheonsa Temple. The temple was built after the monks Daebi and Sambeop were instructed by the Jirisan Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) in the form of a tiger to find a valley where arrowroot blossomed throughout the year even during wintertime. Both monks were the disciples of the famed temple building monk, Uisang-daesa (625-702). Finding such a location, they built Okcheonsa Temple. And after returning from China, they buried the skull of the Sixth Seon Patriarch, Huineng (638-713 A.D.), under the main hall. It was later dug up and placed inside a pagoda. It wasn’t until 840 A.D. that the temple was enlarged by Jingam-seonsa (774-850), and its name changed to Ssanggyesa Temple. Ssanggyesa Temple means “Twin Stream Temple” in English for the two streams that flow on either side of the temple grounds. Tragically, and like much of Korea, Ssanggyesa Temple was completely destroyed during the Imjin War (1592-98) by the invading Japanese. It wasn’t until 1632 that the temple was rebuilt.

In total, Ssanggyesa Temple is home to one National Treasure, the Stele of Master Jingam at Ssanggyesa Temple, as well as 9 additional Korean Treasures.

Colonial Era Photography

It should be noted that one of the reasons that the Japanese took so many pictures of Korean Buddhist temples during Japanese Colonial Rule (1910-1945) was to provide images for tourist photos and illustrations in guidebooks, postcards, and photo albums for Japanese consumption. They would then juxtapose these images of “old Korea” with “now” images of Korea. The former category identified the old Korea with old customs and traditions through grainy black-and-white photos.

These “old Korea” images were then contrasted with “new” Korea images featuring recently constructed modern colonial structures built by the Japanese. This was especially true for archaeological or temple work that contrasted the dilapidated former structures with the recently renovated or rebuilt Japanese efforts on the old Korean structures contrasting Japan’s efforts with the way that Korea had long neglected their most treasured of structures and/or sites.

This visual methodology was a tried and true method of contrasting the old (bad) with the new (good). All of this was done to show the success of Japan’s “civilizing mission” on the rest of the world and especially on the Korean Peninsula. Furthering this visual propaganda was supplemental material that explained the inseparable nature found between Koreans and the Japanese from the beginning of time. 

To further reinforce this point, the archaeological “rediscovery” of Japan’s antiquity in the form of excavated sites of beautifully restored Silla temples and tombs found in Japanese photography was the most tangible evidence for the supposed common ancestry both racially and culturally. As such, the colonial travel industry played a large part in promoting this “nostalgic” image of Korea as a lost and poor country, whose shared cultural and ethnic past was being restored to prominence once more through the superior Japanese and their “enlightened” government. And Ssanggyesa Temple played a part in the propagation of this propaganda, especially since it played such a prominent role in Korean Buddhist history and culture. Here are a collection of Colonial era pictures of Ssanggyesa Temple through the years.

Pictures of Colonial Era Ssanggyesa Temple 1910 A wooden guardian post near the entry of Ssanggyesa Temple. (All pictures courtesy of the National Museum of Korea). The Iljumun Gate. The Geumgangmun Gate. The Cheonwangmun Gate. And the Cheonghak-ru Pavilion. The Palsang-jeon Hall at Ssanggyesa Temple. And the eaves of the Palsang-jeon Hall. The Daeung-jeon Hall. The eaves of the Daeung-jeon Hall. A look inside the Daeung-jeon Hall. The main altar image of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha), which is part of the Wooden Seated Shakyamuni Triad of Ssanggyesa Temple. Another of the statues on the main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall that’s part of the Wooden Seated Shakyamuni Triad of Ssanggyesa Temple. A look around the interior of the Daeung-jeon Hall. The Bronze Bell of Ssanggyesa Temple. The signboard above the Chilseong-gak Hall entryway. The five-story pagoda at Ssanggyesa Temple. The Byeoksongdang-tap stupa. Students and monks at Ssanggyesa Temple. Monks at Ssanggyesa Temple. A look at Guksaam Hermitage on the Ssanggyesa Temple grounds.—


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How to Keep a Korean Journal: Tips for Language Learners

Wed, 2023-06-07 12:37

I often get asked how to keep a journal in Korean, so I finally created this guide to help you how to make a Korean journal. I also include some of my tips for how you can get the most out of your Korean journal. If you're keeping your own journal in Korean, let me know in the comments here or on the video! I'm curious what sorts of tips you'd have for improving it.

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The Pro-Russian Bloc in the West is Looking for Any Excuse to End Ukraine Aid. Ukraine should Not Strike Russia

Tue, 2023-06-06 08:24

Ukrainian strikes on Russia proper jeopardize the rickety pro-Ukraine aid coalition in the West. Ukraine shouldn’t do this. It is too risky.

I just wrote on this topic for 1945.com.

There are many reasons to strike Russia directly, which Eliot Cohen helpfully develops here:

– Morally, it is fair because Russia has been terror bombing Ukrainian cities for more than a year. This mild Ukrainian response is far below law-of-war proportionality norms.

– Psychologically, bringing the war home to Russians confronts them with the costs of the war and may encourage them to re-consider it.

– Militarily, forcing Russia to spread its defenses helps thin out its forces on the front lines in Ukraine.

Despite all the reasons to hit Russia at home, the political risks in the West to Ukraine are too high. Yes, that is unfair. It is ridiculous that Russia gets to bomb Ukrainian cities, but if Ukraine does the same, it is suddenly a massive escalation. But it is important to remember that the Western hard right and hard left are looking for any excuse to halt aid to Ukraine. These people have variously claimed that we should support Ukraine because it would lead to a nuclear wear, Ukraine could not win anyway, it just prolongs the war, Europeans will freeze without Russian winter gas, the cost is huge, and so on.

There is no consistent or principled argumentation about the war from the pro-Putin Western bloc. What they really want is a Russian victory for ideological reasons. They can’t say that outright, so they keep jumpingn from one rationale to another which would justify an aid cut-off aid. The right admires Putin’s reactionary, anti-woke authoritarianism; the left is hung up on US imperialism. They crave a Russian victory, so they will say anything to claim Ukraine aid is a mistake. Ukrainian strikes inside Russia are precisely the sort of card they will play – it is ‘escalation.’

Ukraine can’t win without Western assistance. The political-strategic risks – to invaluable Western military assistance – outweigh an operational gains of these strike. That sucks, but Trump, Marjorie Taylor Green, the NatCons, the anti-imperial lefties are all looking for any excuse to end aid. Ukraine should do its best to fight in way which gives them no ammunition to press their claims

My full essay on this at 1945.com is here.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University



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Buljosa Temple – 불조사 (Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do)

Sun, 2023-06-04 23:36
The Yaksayeorae-bul (Buddha of Medicine) Relief at Buljosa Temple in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do. Temple History

Buljosa Temple is located to the northwest of Mt. Sineosan (630.7 m) in northern Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do. The temple was first constructed in 1995 to help commemorate the monk Jangyu-hwasang, who puportedly first arrived on the Korean Peninsula in 46 A.D. Jangyu-hwasang, whose original name was Heo Bo-ok, was the brother of Queen Heo Hwang-ok. Queen Heo Hwang-ok (32-189 A.D.) would become the wife of Suro of Geumgwan Gaya (42? – 199 A.D.), who was the legendary founder of Geumwang Gaya (43–532 A.D.). Jangyu-hwasang, in his own right, was purportedly a prince. He, alongside twenty servants, sailed with his sister, Queen Heo Hwang-ok, to the Korean Peninsula. According to these legends, it’s believed that Jangyu-hwasang first introduced Buddhism to Geumwang Gaya. And to help memorialize the arrival of Queen Heo Hwang-ok, Jangyu-hwasang, and the introduction of Buddhism, King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya ordered two Buddhist temples to be constructed. They were Eunhasa Temple and Myeongwolsa Temple. And later, King Jilji of Geumgwan Gaya (r. 451-492 A.D.), the eighth king of the Gaya Confederacy, had a Buddhist temple constructed to commemorate where the king and queen first met. This temple was called Wanghusa Temple, and it was used to pray for the king’s ancestors and to hold Buddhist ceremonies. In later life, Jangyu-hwasang lived and meditated on Mt. Bulmosan and Mt. Jirisan, where he purportedly trained the seven sons of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya in Buddhism. Eventually, and after intensive training and meditation, they all attained Buddahood after two years. The temple where they reached enlightenment is Chilbulsa Temple, or “Seven Buddha’s Temple” in English, on Mt. Jirisan.

Buljosa Temple belongs to the previously unheard of Jangyu-jong Buddhist Order.

Temple Layout

You first approach Buljosa Temple up a winding mountainside road. Eventually the temple comes into sight. The first thing to greet you, besides a long set of stairs that leads up to the temple courtyard, is the monks’ quarters off to the right. Up the mountainside, you’ll find the temple’s Buddhist shrine halls. Straight ahead is the Daeung-jeon Hall. Out in front of the main hall is a newer looking three-story stone pagoda. Wrapped around the exterior walls of the Daeung-jeon Hall are two sets of murals. The upper murals are the Palsang-do (The Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life) and the lower set of fading murals are dedicated to the Shimu-do (The Ox-Herding Murals). Up near the signboard for the main hall, which reads “Daeung-jeon” in hanja, you’ll find a pair of fish with a golden pearl between the two. Stepping inside the main hall, you’ll find a beautiful triad of statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) under a vibrant red datjib (canopy). Seokgamoni-bul is joined on either side by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and Bohyeon-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power). This triad is backed by a beautiful golden relief. To the left of the main altar is a modern Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) and to the right is an equally modern mural dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife).

To the right of the Daeung-jeon Hall, and on the same lower courtyard level, is a shrine hall dedicated to Jangyu-hwasang. Painted around the exterior is the Bodhidharma and his encounter with Dazu Huike (487–593 A.D.). As for the interior, and stepping into this smaller sized shrine hall, you’ll find a painting on the main altar dedicated to Jangyu-hwasang. This painting, which is masterfully executed in black and gold, rests under a compact canopy. Joining this central painting is a mural dedicated to the monk and his journey to the Gaya Confederacy.

Just up the stairs, and to the right rear of the shrine hall dedicated to Jangyu-hwasang, is the Sanshin-gak Hall. The shaman shrine is surrounded by scenic paintings, as well as a fierce-looking tiger. Stepping inside the Sanshin-gak Hall, you’ll find a rather uniquely painted style of mural. Have a look at this rather original painting with the sun shrouded in mountain clouds.

The final thing that visitors can explore at Buljosa Temple is a large, stone relief dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul (The Buddha of Medicine, and the Buddha of the Eastern Paradise). This relief, and corresponding shrine, crowns the heights of the temple. To get to the relief dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul, you’ll need to follow the trail that starts to the immediate right of the Sanshin-gak Hall. Follow this trail up the mountainside for 250 metres, until you come to a mountain ridge that steeply looks out over the temple grounds, as well as the rolling mountains and valleys off in the distance. The relief of Yaksayeorae-bul stands at least five metres in height, and it’s skillfully composed with a medicine bowl appearing in Yaksayeorae-bul’s left hand. And the right hand of the relief forms the “gesture of fearlessness” mudra.

How To Get There

From the Gimhae Intercity Bus Terminal, which is called the “Oedong Terminal – 외동터미널,” you can either take Bus #71 or Bus #72. You’ll then need to get off at the Gwangje Bus Stop, which is 40 minutes away, or 24 stops. From the bus stop, and as you’re looking away from the bus stop, you’ll have to head right for about 100 metres on the main road. At this point, you’ll see the sign for Buljosa Temple that leads you up the mountain and towards the temple. Be careful on this road because it’s busy and there’s no sidewalk.

Overall Rating: 7/10

One of the more interesting encounters I had at a temple was at Buljosa Temple and the paranoid abbot. However, if the abbot isn’t there, the temple is quite nice with the beautiful interior of the Daeung-jeon Hall, the unique Jangyu-hwasang shrine hall, the striking Sanshin mural, and the relief dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul up the mountainside. While little known, the temple has some beautiful features.

The Daeung-jeon Hall at Buljosa Temple. The three-story pagoda in front of the main hall. The main hall signboard with two golden fishes below it. The final painting from the Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Mural) set. The main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall. The shrine hall dedicated to Jangyu-hwasang (right) and the Sanshin-gak Hall (left). The main altar painting inside the shrine hall dedicated to Jangyu-hwasang. Another mural detailing Jangyu-hwasang’s journey to the Korean Peninsula. The Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) mural inside the shaman shrine hall. A look up at the Yaksayeorae-bul relief that crowns the temple grounds. The view from the trek up to the relief. And a closer look at the Buddha of Medicine, Yaksayeorae-bul.—


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Phillips Air Fryer Essentials XL 6.2L

Sun, 2023-06-04 00:02
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Suyeong

Price: ₩80,000 negotiable. Used Phillips Air Fryer Essentials XL with 6.2L capacity. Fryer drawer measurements provided in attached pictures. Original box available.

Pickup at seller's apartment. Contact using KakaoTalk ID: 'shiraun'

Original Price on Coupang: ₩145,000 https://www.philips.com.au/c-e/ho/cooking/airfryer-xl.html 

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Cats tower

Sat, 2023-06-03 03:26
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Suyeong

Got it for my cat, but he doesn't like it at all.

Selling for 15,000 won

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Sat, 2023-06-03 03:23
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Suyeong

Slightly used plastic Bathtub , selling for 18,000 won.

Got it for 36,000 won


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This soup smells like wet socks?

Fri, 2023-06-02 12:28

I tried 청국장 for my very first time. 청국장 (Cheonggukjang) is a thick soup that's made from soybeans that have been fermented, and fermented soybeans smell a bit like wet socks. Actually, the closest thing to 청국장 is a regular soup called 된장찌개, but 청국장 has a stronger flavor as it's more condensed. If you've tried 된장찌개 before, just imagine that the flavor is much stronger and you have 청국장.

Personally I'm not a big fan of it, but it was good enough to eat and I'd be fine having it again.

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What are you looking forward to this summer?

Fri, 2023-06-02 07:18
Choices International Travel Domestic Travel Quality Downtime Outdoor Recreation Catching up on 'To Do' List Summer Romance Studying /Learning Summer Job / Extra Income Nothing. I hate summer. Just normal life - nothing special
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Korean - English free language exchange

Thu, 2023-06-01 23:06
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Banyeo 4 dong Haeundae


Free Korean - English Exchange. No cost.

I would like to meet a Korean speaker  for 1 hour/week for Korean-English (free) exchange at the local Community Centre Library in Banyeo 4 dong, Haeundae, Busan.

Any week day would be fine and most probably between 11 am and 3 pm.

A local Korean who lives in Banyeo 4 dong who has intermediate English would be fine.

My Korean level is beginner level but not absolute beginner.

I am not interested in the zoom.

Write today.

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Thu, 2023-06-01 07:41
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Suyeong

Folding Hammock for sale.
Very good condition, has a box and a bag. 
Check the dimensions in the photo 
60,000 won obo
Dm to email : [email protected]

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Experienced English Teacher

Thu, 2023-06-01 03:15
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My name is Hara. I am interested in the part-time/full-time position as an English Teacher.

As a highly motivated and experienced English teacher with over five years of experience teaching at various academies, I am confident that I possess the necessary skills and qualifications to be considered for this position.

I started teaching English while pursuing my undergraduate studies at Pusan National University and since then, I have taught both part-time and full-time at various academies such as Lingua and SLP. My previous employers can attest to my hard work, and I have received very positive feedback for my teaching skills.

In addition to my experience, I have also taught English online and mentored children from rural areas for a year through KT Company’s “Dream School Program”. I am proud to say that I have helped my students achieve their language goals and overcome their language barriers.

Furthermore, I am a proficient English user, and I graduated from Pusan National University with a major entirely taught in English. Moreover, I am a holder of different scholarships from the European Union (Erasmus Program) and have been accepted to Ivy League Brown University Graduate School of Policy on a merit-based scholarship. I am confident that I can provide your students with an immersive and engaging English language learning experience that will help them achieve their language goals.

You can find my resume here (I have opened the access). 

Please contact [email protected] for further details. 

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Korean classes in June!

Thu, 2023-06-01 02:18
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: pnu haeundae seomyon ksu bsu jangsan

Busan's Korean Language Institute For Foreigners (KLIFF) is offering classes for everyone.  Make a change by learning Korean this season.  The teachers at KLIFF can help!

Think it takes a year to speak Korean well?  Think again!  In just a  month we can get you speaking with the locals! 

KLIFF is located in two convenient locations: PNU and Haeundae. 

We have as many as 9 levels of Korean ability for you to choose from.  We also offer special lectures targeted toward the Korean proficiency test.

We're open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and available Sunday, too!

Questions or need directions?  Feel free to call us any time at 010-9108-6594, or email to [email protected].  You can also check us out at www.kliff.co.kr
See the map below to our PNU location, call or see our website for Haeundae classes.


Busan's Korean Language Institute For Foreigners (KLIFF) is offering classes for everyone.  Make a change by learning Korean this season.  The teachers at KLIFF can help!

Think it takes a year to speak Korean well?  Think again!  In just a  month we can get you speaking with the locals! 

KLIFF is located in two convenient locations: PNU and Haeundae. 

We have as many as 9 levels of Korean ability for you to choose from.  We also offer special lectures targeted toward the Korean proficiency test.

We're open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and available Sunday, too!

Questions or need directions?  Feel free to call us any time at 010-9108-6594, or email to [email protected].  You can also check us out at www.kliff.co.kr
See the map below to our PNU location, call or see our website for Haeundae classes.

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Weekend Part Time Job Wanted

Wed, 2023-05-31 00:56
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Almost Anywhere In Busan

F5 Visa Holder with a Bachelor of Education degree, teacher's license, TESOL certificate, and legitimate elementary, middle, and high school teaching experience is seeking a part-time weekend position that reflects his qualifications and years of experience. 

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Unbuam Hermitage – 운부암 (Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

Mon, 2023-05-29 23:35
Unbuam Hermitage in Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Hermitage History

Unbuam Hermitage is one of several hermitages located on the sprawling Eunhaesa Temple grounds in Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do. According to a hermitage legend, Unbuam Hermitage was first founded in 711 A.D. by the famed monk Uisang-daesa (625-702 A.D.). However, there are two reasons to question this legend. First, Uisang-daesa died in 702 A.D.; and secondly, Eunhaesa Temple wasn’t constructed until 809 A.D. As for the name of the hermitage, it was called Unbuam Hermitage because the monk Seoun was floating above the location of the future hermitage. After the hermitage’s founding, very little is known about its history. However, we do know that the hermitage was destroyed by fire in 1860. Unbuam Hermitage was later rebuilt, at least in part, in 1900.

Unbuam Hermitage is home to one Korean Treasure. It’s the Gilt-Bronze Seated Bodhisattva at Unbuam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple, which is Korean Treasure #514.

Hermitage Layout

When you first arrive at the hermitage grounds, you’ll notice two large artificial ponds situated out in front of the main hermitage grounds. While the one to the right is rather non-descript, the pond to the left has a large, stone statue of the Bodhidharma standing in the centre of the artificial pond.

Between both of the ponds, you’ll find an unpainted Iljumun Gate. Up a set of uneven stone stairs, you’ll see the large Bohwa-ru Pavilion in front of you. The Bohwa-ru Pavilion dates back to 1900. This gate helps shield people from seeing directly into the hermitage grounds. You’ll need to pass under the Bohwa-ru Pavilion, and up a set of stairs, to finally be standing in the centre of the hermitage’s main courtyard.

Right away, you’ll notice that the main hall is book-ended on either side by two longer buildings. The building to the left is the administrative office and kitchen, while the long unpainted building to your right is the Yosachae (monks’ dorms). And standing all alone in the middle of the hermitage courtyard is an older diminutive three-story stone pagoda.

Past the smaller sized pagoda, you’ll see the rather stout Wontong-jeon Hall straight ahead of you. The exterior walls to the main hall are adorned with fading murals. If you look closely enough up at the eaves, you’ll notice some of the fading floral patterns that were once a bit more vibrant. As for the Wontong-jeon Hall, and stepping inside the main hall, you’ll find a solitary statue resting inside a glass enclosure. This is a statue of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion), and this statue is officially known as the Gilt-Bronze Seated Bodhisattva at Unbuam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple. The statue of Gwanseeum-bosal stands 1.02 metres in height, and it wears a wonderfully ornate crown with a flame pattern, flowers, and birds of paradise adorning it. The statue has an oval face with slight eyes. Based upon the style of the statue, it’s believed to date back to the early Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), while still retaining some of the local characteristics of statues like this from the late Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) in Gyeongsangbuk-do. This statue is Korean Treasure #514. As for the rest of the interior of the Wontong-jeon Hall, you’ll find a Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) and Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) mural hanging on the far right wall.

To the left rear of the Wontong-jeon Hall, you’ll find a brand new Samseong-gak Hall. This shaman shrine hall, which will become apparent soon, is highly original in a few ways. First, there are three rooms housed inside the Samseong-gak Hall. But instead of being divided into rooms dedicate to various shaman deities, this shaman shrine hall has rooms to the left and right of the central hall which allows people to pray all alone. As for the central room inside the Samseong-gak Hall, you’ll find three paintings housed inside it. Typically, the Chilseong (The Seven Stars) painting hangs in the centre of the triad; but inside this hall, you’ll find the Chilseong painting hanging on the left wall, while the painting dedicated to Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) hangs on the right wall. And taking centre stage inside the Samseong-gak Hall is one of the most original modern paintings dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) in Korea. Sitting front and centre in the mural is a seated image of Sanshin. And he’s joined by a tiger in the painting, but there’s more. Also taking up residence in the painting, and starting in the back row, appears an image of Uisang-daesa (625-702 A.D.) to the left of Wonhyo-daesa (617-686 A.D.). As for the front row, and in the centre, appears an image of Gyeongheo-seonsa (1849-1912). And he’s joined on either side by Seongcheol-seonsa (1912-1993) and Jinje-seonsa (1934).

To the rear of the Wontong-jeon Hall, and to the right and past the vegetable garden at Unbuam Hermitage, you’ll find what looks to be an abandoned building over a bit of a ridge. Without a signboard indicating what it might be, you’ll find a beautiful modern painting of a more traditional image of Sanshin and his tiger.

How To Get There

To get to Unbuam Hermitage, you’ll first need to get to Eunhaesa Temple, which is where the hermitage is located. You can catch a bus to Eunhaesa Temple from the Yeongcheon Intercity Bus Terminal. These buses leave the terminal eight times a day. The bus ride will take about 45 minutes. From Eunhaesa Temple, you’ll need to continue to walk west of the temple, and to the north, towards Unbuam Hermitage. The walk takes about 4 km, or around 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

Overall Rating: 5.5/10

Unbuam Hermitage is packed with originality. And front and centre is the modern Sanshin painting housed inside the Samseong-gak Hall. It’s unclear what the intentions of the artist was, but Sanshin is joined by five of the most prominent luminaries in Korean Buddhism. Adding to this painting is the Bodhidharma statue in the entry pond, the splendid Bohwa-ru Pavilion at the entry of the hermitage courtyard, and the ornately crowned Gilt-Bronze Seated Bodhisattva at Unbuam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple inside the Wontong-jeon Hall. In a way, the hermitages at Eunhaesa Temple are more special than the main temple itself.

The beautiful grounds at Unbuam Hermitage. The Bodhidharma stone statue and pond out in front of the hermitage courtyard. The entry gate leading up to the main hermitage courtyard. The stairs leading up to the Bohwa-ru Pavilion. The Bohwa-ru Pavilion and a pair of cherry blossom trees in bloom. A look up at the Wontong-jeon Hall from the Bohwa-ruy Pavilion. The view from the Bohwa-ru Pavilion. A monk’s dorm at Unbuam Hermitage. A closer look at the Wontong-jeon Hall. The Gilt-Bronze Seated Bodhisattva at Unbuam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple. A look at the hermitage courtyard from the Wontong-jeon Hall. A look up at the modern Samseong-gak Hall. A look inside the central hall of the Samseong-gak Hall. A closer look at the modern Sanshin mural inside the Samseong-gak Hall. The hidden Sanshin-gak Hall to the right rear of the Wontong-jeon Hall. And the modern Sanshin painting in residence inside the Sanshin-gak Hall.—


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