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My Son Reacts to a REAL Korean Food Alleyway

Wed, 2023-11-01 19:24

Tongin Market is an outdoor marketplace in Seoul that's kind of like a pay-as-you-go buffet, where you choose only what you want from several of the vendors in a long alleyway. One thing that makes this place unique is that you can also pay using traditional coins, called 엽전, which makes the experience more memorable and fun. I went there together with my son and we ate until we were full, and then ate some more. (This video is not sponsored.)

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English Teacher Seeking part time work in Mornings or Evenings

Wed, 2023-11-01 04:04
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Anywhere in Busan

I am from America and currently looking for part time work or private teaching in the mornings or evenings from kindergarten age to adults.  If anyone is interested, please send an email at [email protected] or give me a call at 010-3490-9531. Thank you.

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Korean language lesson in Seomyeon

Wed, 2023-11-01 02:09
Classified Ad Type: Location: 

e-mail : [email protected]

Phone : 010-5147-5294


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Hi 안녕하세요 I'm Won!
I hope this channel is helpful

Private Korean lesson (Conversation, Pronunciation, Writing etc)
You can check more detail on my Instagram page

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The Plain Form (Conjugation + Usage) | Live Class Abridged

Tue, 2023-10-31 14:16

The Plain Form has many uses ranging from grammar forms (such as quoting statements), to writing (such as in test example sentences), and to speaking (such as to friends, or to yourself). In Sunday's most recent live stream I taught how to conjugate the Plain Form, as well as when and how to use the Plain Form. Here's the summarized version.

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What’s It Like Being a Foreign English Teacher in Korea? | Street Interview

Tue, 2023-10-31 02:03

The views expressed in this video do not represent that of Asian Boss or the general expat community in Korea. We invited a group of foreign English teachers in Korea to share what it's really like to have this popular job for foreigners in Korea.
0:00 - Intro
0:49 - Where are you from and how long have you been an English teacher in Korea? 1:48 - Why teach English in Korea?
3:52 - Basic requirements
6:54 - How much do foreign English teachers make?
9:09 - Biggest struggles
11:08 - Perception of foreign English teachers in Korean society
12:23 - Most rewarding parts of being a foreign English in Korea
14:43 - Plans for the future
16:44 - Advice to foreigners who consider becoming an English teacher in Korea

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Bible Reading.

Tue, 2023-10-31 01:52
Classified Ad Type: Neighborhood: 

We invite anyone who has a thirst to read the Bible on Saturday or Sunday.

If you are interested, plz call me at 010-3875-7295

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Lion English Academy

Sun, 2023-10-29 19:53
Location: Business/Organization Type: Website: https://lionenglishacademy.com/

Welcome to Lion English Academy, where we don't just teach English; we ignite a global journey of self-improvement and empowerment. Our online academy is more than just a language school; it's a thriving community where language enthusiasts from around the world come together to enhance their English skills, broaden their horizons, and boost their confidence. As a concierge agency, we take personalized care to the next level, ensuring that every student's unique needs and aspirations are met with the very best resources and support. At Lion English Academy, we're not just teaching English; we're building bridges to a brighter future, one student at a time.

**Introducing the Lion English Academy's Rapid Elite Express Service: Your Path to Fluency**

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At Lion English Academy, we understand that every learner is unique. That's why our program is personalized to fit your schedule, goals, and proficiency level. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced speaker, we'll tailor the learning experience to you.

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December 2023 - OnCheonJang Station - Newly Remodeled, Foreign Owned, GREAT LOCATION

Sat, 2023-10-28 04:03
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: OnCheonJang / Busan University

PLEASE, only foreigners and/or English speakers only (from any country). 
Email us at the address at the end of the video. 

3,000,000 deposit / 400,000 rent UNFURNISHED 
4,000,000 deposit / 450,000 rent FURNISHED 

In December 2023, we will have another newly remodeled apartment for rent.  The design of the apartment is the same as this video.  These pictures and this video is not the actual apartment.  
The new apartment is being remodeled.  
The new apartment is the same design but 1 square meter larger.
The new apartment will have newer appliances and will have slightly different furniture.

This apartment is 200 meters from OnCheonJang Station. 
It is 400 meters from shopping at HomePlus. 
It is 400 meters from CGV Cinema. 

There are MANY quality restaurants close to this home. 
We can match your lease to your visa dates. 
Contact us with your time requirements and we will quote a price for rent and deposit. 
We can keep the electricity, gas, internet and apartment fees in our name and bill them back to you. 

We are foreigners. We understand the problems of foreigners in Korea. There are visa issues, contract issues, language issues. We will do our best to remove these problems for you.  

Make a deposit and we can hold the apartment until your current lease is finished.

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Casamia Rug

Fri, 2023-10-27 08:20
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Pukyong National university

Dry-cleaned and in a great condition rug for sale. 

Size 160× 230 

100% Cotton 

Made in India 

Price: 59.000 won

Feel free to contact me,  if you're interested. 


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Why Small Talk is Different in Korea - Understanding the Culture

Thu, 2023-10-26 15:03

This is an aspect of Korean culture I had to learn over time, but Koreans typically don't initiate small talk (or appreciate it) the same way that we do in the US and in many other countries. However, there are many situations where you can do it, and even when they'd appreciate it, but you'll have to learn those before attempting them in order to avoid making others uncomfortable.

I met with Gillian 쌤 and we discussed how to do small talk in Korea, and when to avoid it completely in today's newest "A Glass with Billy" episode.

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Thursdays wanted

Thu, 2023-10-26 12:28
Classified Ad Type: Neighborhood: Kimhae- Jangyu- Yulha

I have switched over my days recently.  So,my Thursdays open.  2 onwards.  010-3120-7766 

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BGN Eye Hospital Busan Halloween Event

Thu, 2023-10-26 02:26
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Busan

Getting ready for Halloween?

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Only until October 31st 2023 enjoy maximum discounts for SMILE surgeries, free post-surgery eye drops and FREE eye examination certificate for your family or friends!

Don`t forget that we have an installment plan with all main Korean credit cards!

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Living History – Peggy McLeod (Peace Corps – 1971)

Wed, 2023-10-25 23:13
Peggy McLeod at Her School’s Surprise Good-Bye Party in 1973. (Picture Courtesy of Peggy McLeod).

One of the great things about running a website about Korean Buddhist temples is that you get to meet a lot of amazing people. And a lot of these amazing people have varying backgrounds, interests, and insights. Rather amazingly, some of these people first visited Korea in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Here are their stories!

Q1: Where are you originally from? Introduce yourself a little.

A: I’m originally from Jacksonville, Florida, USA. I currently live outside of Asheville, North Carolina, where I settled after returning from Korea in 1973. I’m a retired teacher and school administrator in both the US and international school settings. I retired in 2016. I have two daughters and one grandson. Both of my daughters have visited Korea with me, my younger in 1999 and my older in 2013. 

Q2: When and why did you first come to Korea?

A: I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea from 1971 to 1973. I wanted to serve in the Peace Corps soon after President John F. Kennedy established the program because it promoted peace and mutual understanding among people of all cultures. My majors in college were sociology/anthropology, and the Peace Corps seemed to be the right fit for me after graduation.

While in Korea, I taught English as a Second Language to middle school students in all girls’ schools. I shared classroom instruction with a Korean co-teacher. I also led local and regional teacher workshops and special English clubs for students. 

With school faculty outside the Seokguram Grotto. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod). With students at Bulguksa Temple. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod).

Q3: When you first came to Korea what city did you live in? Did you subsequently move around?

A: My first year in Korea, I served in Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It was a small town at the time, and there was another male volunteer who taught at Sangju Boys’ Middle School, while I taught at Sangju Girls’ Middle School. I lived with a Korean family in a very modest, old traditional Korean style house on the outskirts of town. The family consisted of a mother, a father and three young children. There was also an old grandfather who rented a room in the corner of the yard. I learned nearly everything I know about Korean culture, food, language, customs and family life from my time with this family in Sangju.

My second year in Korea, I served in Daegu at Won Wha Girls’ Middle School. During the summer, and after my first year, I suffered a back injury and was in traction in Severance Hospital in Seoul for two weeks. At that time, it was determined that I would be better off in Daegu, where medical care was more easily accessible, should I need it.

Placement in a rural setting was very isolating for many female volunteers in Korea, and although I maintained a good relationship with my Sangju family, I had more independence and social opportunities in Daegu. I rented a room and an outdoor kitchen there, and I cooked for myself. There was a Peace Corps office in Daegu, so there were opportunities to meet up with other volunteers and expats.

Q4: What was the first temple you visited in Korea?

A: The first temple I visited was Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju. It was on a school trip with dozens of middle school students and teachers, not the most ideal way to see my first temple. In addition, I had only been in Korea for a few weeks, and I was in the midst of serious culture shock! I was having difficulty with the food, the language, the rats in my living space, the outhouse and so many other experiences. The last thing I wanted to do was go on a long school trip by train and bus with the school for a week. But of course it was expected that I join the trip. We toured Gyeongju and Bulguksa Temple. I was even convinced to wake up before dawn and hike with all the students up the mountain to see the Seokguram Grotto, which was completely open to enter at that time. Needless to say, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss that experience!

Unfortunately, the new camera that I purchased in Japan on the way to Korea was left on a city bus in Seoul less than two weeks after I arrived. So I spent two years without a camera. What photos I have were copies given to me by generous friends and colleagues. I have very few photos of temples, but I still have my fading memories.

During that first year in Sangju, I also visited Namjangsa Temple near Sangju with my family.  We hiked to the temple together and I have photos of us on the trail, but not of the temple itself. I remember this being the first time I had an opportunity to truly appreciate the remote beauty of Korean temples.

While living in Daegu, I frequently visited Haeinsa Temple, and it became my favorite temple in Korea.

Peggy McLeod with her Korean mother and children on the walk to Namjangsa Temple. (Picture coutesy of Peggy McLeod). Peggy with her Korean father on the walk to Namjangsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod). Peggy McLeod with female faculty at Jeongnimsa-ji Temple Site in Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod).

Q5: What drew your interest to Korean Buddhist temples? (Buddhism, architecture, art, history, etc)

A: I was most interested in the Korean Buddhist temples’ remote and beautiful settings, as well as the ornate and colorful architecture. I came to further appreciate their unique beauty after visiting the less colorful temples in Japan and the gilded temples of Thailand. I particularly appreciate the level of difficulty and commitment it took to reach many of the most remote temples in Korea. However, I also appreciate the somewhat easier access nowadays. 

Q6: What is your favourite temple? Why?

A: My favorite temple is Haeinsa Temple. There is a sense of serenity in the walk from the main road up to the impressive entry gate. The sound of the stream rushing along boulders and the fluttering leaves of the trees that line the entry make it a meditative experience as you approach the temple grounds. The temple grounds are at once impressive and intimate. All buildings are easily accessible and the sight of the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks left me speechless with each visit.

I visited Haeinsa Temple numerous times while living in Korea, and also with my younger daughter when I returned in 1999. Back in Peace Corps days a group of us often stayed overnight in the village near the entrance to the temple. We did the same when my daughter and I revisited. I always find great peace when I visit Haeinsa Temple.

Fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Dennis Callahan, at Haeinsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod). Fellow pilgrims on the road to Haeinsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod). Picnic with Peace Corps volunteers and fellow pilgrims on the road to Haeinsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod).

Q7: Did you remain in Korea or did you return home?

A: I returned home in 1973 after serving for two years in Peace Corps Korea. I revisited Korea for the first time with my younger daughter in 1999. At that time, she was the same age that I was when I first arrived in Korea, 21 years old. I had lost my Korean language skills over the years, and found it difficult to orient myself with all the changes in Korea from the fast trains, high rise buildings and big cities where villages used to be. I experienced culture shock of a different kind during that visit! When I was not able to find familiar sights in my home town of Sangju, I knew where I needed to go, the temples! So we headed to Gyeongju and then to Haeinsa Temple, where I found the true spirit of Korea, at least for me. It was a wonderful trip overall, but the changes were quite overwhelming.

I was fortunate to bring my older daughter with me on a Peace Corps Korea revisit in 2013. This was a trip arranged by the Korea Foundation and Friends of Korea, and it was a very different experience from my return in 1999. We had translators, and I was able to reconnect with my family and school in Sangju and with a teacher colleague from Daegu and so much more!  While we were not able to return to Haeinsa Temple, we enjoyed exploring Jogyesa Temple, which was a block away from our hotel. It was during their Chrysanthemum Festival, and the temple was highly decorated. It was my daughter’s first encounter with a Korean Buddhist temple and she was enthralled, as was I. 

I have so many fond memories of my time spent living in Korea, and I can say without hesitation that visiting these few Korean Buddhist temples made lasting impressions on me and deepened my appreciation of their cultural and historical influences in Korea. In my mind, they reflect the heart and soul of Korea.

Peggy McLeod’s daughter at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul at the Chrysanthemum Festival in 2013. (Picture courtesy of Peggy McLeod).


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Dongnae Free Talking English Offered

Wed, 2023-10-25 18:53
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Dongnae and City Hall


I offer free talking lessons in English.

Venue: Some cafe close to subway in Dongnae or City Hall

Time: MWF late morning /early afternoon

About the teacher: NZ, male, B.Sc, F visa, Banyeo 4-dong resident

Cost: 20000/hour/person paid at each class or 10% discount for 10 classes paid in advance.


2 people: 15000/hour/person

3 people:  12000/hr/person

4 people;  10000/hr/person

Contact now for early start.

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Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong – 제천 장락동 칠층모전석탑 (Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do)

Wed, 2023-10-25 05:48
The Currently Being Restored “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do. Pagoda History

The “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” is located in eastern Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do. And at one point, it belonged to the former Jangnaksa Temple. Now all that remains of the former temple is this beautiful brick pagoda. Jangnaksa Temple was first built during the Three Kingdoms of Korea Period (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.). In total, Jangnaksa Temple was rebuilt a total of five times, and it was a prosperous temple during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). The temple remained as a fully functioning temple until the mid-Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The temple would eventually fall into disrepair in the 17th century.

An excavation was conducted on the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site from 2003 to 2008. This excavation revealed many artifacts including roof tiles, earthenware, pottery, clay molds, tombstones, and bronze spoons. In total, there were 34 buildings discovered on the temple site.

As for the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong,” it’s presumed to have first been built during the 10th century. The pagoda was partially damaged during the Korean War (1950-53), but it was later repaired in 1967-68. And until the recent excavation on the temple site, the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” stood in farmland.

The “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” is Korean Treasure #459.

Pagoda Design

The “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” is a rare historic brick pagoda that’s one of only about a dozen still in existence in Korea. The pagoda is made of grayish black clay-slate stone that were made into bricks. The very first layer of the stylobate is made from natural stone. And it’s on top of this stone that the seven-story main pagoda of the structure stands. The base has granite pillars on each of the four corners with bricks filling in the caps between these granite pillars. Traditionally, there’s a door fitted inside a niche on both the south and north sides of a brick pagoda. However, the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” only has a south side door. The north door, for whatever reason, has long since disappeared. Both the south and east sides of the first story of the structure are heavily damaged. The roof stones covering the centre body stones of the main body are made completely of bricks. The eaves of the roof stones are short and horizontal. And the four edges to these roof stones have holes in them that formerly allowed bells to hung from them. Of the upper portion of the brick pagoda, only the base of the finial still remains.

During restoration work conducted in 1967, a bronze piece engraved with a flower pattern was found on the upper part of the roof stone of the seventh story. It’s assumed to have once been a part of the pagoda’s former finial. Additionally, there are traces of the surface of the pagoda having been plastered in parts. Currently, the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” is being restored, once more.

How To Get There

You can simply take a taxi from the Jecheon Bus Terminal to get to the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong.” The taxi ride will take 8 minutes, or 2.6 km, and it’ll cost you 4,600 won (one way). Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can simply walk.

Overall Rating: 4/10

Like all historic brick pagodas in Korea, the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” is pretty special. Just for its rarity alone, it’s worth a visit. It’s both beautiful and graceful in its overall design. And next to it are the remains of the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site, as well as a recently built Jangnaksa Temple. There’s a newly built park that surrounds the entire area, so it can make for a nice afternoon trip.

What the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” looked like before the most recent restoration work that’s currently being conducted on the pagoda. (Picture courtesy of CHA). Unfortunately for me, they were restoring the beautiful brick pagoda. But you can still see it through the scaffolding and the blue protective barrier meshing. From a different angle. The Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site next to the “Seven-Story Stone Brick Pagoda in Jangnak-dong” and the city of Jecheon in the background. An up-close of one of the former building sites at the Jangnaksa-ji Temple Site.
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Seongjuam Hermitage – 성주암 (Gyeongju)

Tue, 2023-10-24 04:48
The Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong at Seongjuam Hermitage in Gyeongju. Hermitage History

Seongjuam Hermitage is located on the eastern side of Mt. Byeokdosan (437.1 m) in central Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It’s hard to tell just how old the diminutive hermitage is; however, it’s one striking feature is the Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong, which is Korean Treasure #122.

The Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong appears to be from Unified Silla (668-935 A.D.). Stylistically, the Buddha triad that appears on the carving is similar to the one found at the Gulbulsa-ji Temple Site also in Gyeongju. The 8th century piece consists of a triad centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). This central image is joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) and Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power for Amita-bul). This triad was very popular in the 8th century when it was first made. The central image of Amita-bul has a large, bald head. And at the top of its head, it almost appears to be wearing a hat. It has a plump face that’s adorned with a nice smile. As for its hands and its mudra (ritualized hand gesture), Amita-bul has his right hand held to his chest with the index and thumb placed together. As for the accompanying Bodhisattvas, the image of Gwanseeum-bosal appears to be quite feminine. It has a curvy figure with its feet spread to the side. Also, the mudra that Gwanseeum-bosal is making has her right hand held above the shoulders with its thumb and middle finger placed together. And the left hand is holding a treasure bottle. Daesaeji-bosal, on the other hand, is similar in appearance to Gwanseeum-bosal. All three statues have a round halo surrounding each of their heads.

Hermitage Layout

You first approach Seongjuam Hermitage up a set of rural roads that ends at a mountainside road. Standing in the remote hermitage parking lot, you’ll find the trailhead that leads up to the hermitage to the right of the parking lot retaining wall. Through a bend in the trail, and to the left and then right, you’ll see a sign that is the surest indication that you’re nearing Seongjuam Hermitage. The sign that you pass by on your way towards the hermitage describes the history behind the Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong.

Up this mountain trail for another one hundred metres, you’ll finally come to the outskirts of the hermitage. Uniquely, the first hermitage structure to greet you at Seongjuam Hermitage is the Sanshin-gak Hall. The diminutive shaman shrine hall has a beautiful signboard above the entry. Stepping inside the Sanshin-gak Hall, you’ll find a beautiful image dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), who almost appears to be making a mudra with his left hand. Meanwhile, the accompanying tiger has the most psychedelic swirling eyes.

To the left of the Sanshin-gak Hall, and up a set of uneven stone stairs, is the hermitage’s two-in-one main hall. This L-shaped structure has the main hall to the right and the monk’s living quarters to the left. Inside this extremely small main hall are a pair of red paintings. The first to the left, and backing the main altar image of an all-white Gwanseeum-bosal, is the Yeongsan Hoesang-do (The Sermon on Vulture Peak Mural). And second, and to the right, is the Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

But it’s to the right rear of the L-shaped main hall that you’ll find the aforementioned Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong. The carving is a beautiful reminder of Silla Buddhist artistry.

How To Get There

From the Yuldong Train Station in Gyeongju, you’ll need to exit the train station to the south. Along the way, you’ll find a sign that says “경주두대리마애석불입상” on it. These signs are leading you towards the famed Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong at Seongjuam Hermitage. The trek from the train station to the hermitage is about one kilometre.

Overall Rating: 3.5/10

While smaller in size, the hermitage artwork around Seongjuam Hermitage like the main altar murals inside the main hall and the Mountain Spirit mural inside the Sanshin-gak Hall are beautiful, but it’s the Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong that distinguishes this little known hermitage in Gyeongju.

The trail leading up to Seongjuam Hermitage. The Sanshin-gak Hall at the hermitage. The Sanshin-gak Hall signboard at Seongjuam Hermitage. The Mountain Spirit mural inside the Sanshin-gak Hall. The main hall at the hermitage. A closer look at the L-shaped main hall/monk’s residence at Seongjuam Hermitage. The central image of Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise) of the The Rock-Carved Standing Buddha Triad in Yul-dong, which is Korean Treasure #122.
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Screening of "Frida" - artist and creative welcome

Mon, 2023-10-23 10:49
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Step into the world of art and cinema as we present film "Frida", directed by Julie Taymor and starring amazing Salma Hayek, in a real art studio! Join us for an enchanting evening of creativity, culture, and cinema under the studio's vibrant atmosphere.

What to Expect:

*Screening of "Frida", the iconic biographical film about the life of Frida Kahlo.

*Immersive setting amidst genuine art and creativity.

*A celebration of art, passion, and real strength of spirit.


 Movie: "Frida"

 Date & Time: 27th of October 7pm

 Location: Naughty Muse Studios 부산 해운대구 송정중앙로5번길 67 2 floor

 Free event drinks available for purchase 


Embrace Frida Kahlo's colorful world and artistic spirit in the very heart of an art studio. 

Please message +82 10 5232 2873 (Anna) to secure your seat in this extraordinary cinematic experience  by 26th of October.

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Screening of "Frida"

Mon, 2023-10-23 10:43
Date: Friday, October 27, 2023 - 19:00Location: Event Type: 

Step into the world of art and cinema as we present film "Frida", directed by Julie Taymor and starring amazing Salma Hayek, in a real art studio! Join us for an enchanting evening of creativity, culture, and cinema under the studio's vibrant atmosphere.

What to Expect:

*Screening of "Frida", the iconic biographical film about the life of Frida Kahlo.

*Immersive setting amidst genuine art and creativity.

*A celebration of art, passion, and real strength of spirit.


 Movie: "Frida"

 Date & Time: 27th of October 7pm

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Saseongam Hermitage – 사성암 (Gurye, Jeollanam-do)

Sun, 2023-10-22 23:43
Saseongam Hermitage in Gurye, Jeollanam-do. Hermitage History

Saseongam Hermitage is located in Gurye, Jeollanam-do near the peak of Mt. Osan (530 m). This mountain is also known as Mt. Jarasan, which means “Mt. Terrapin” in English, because it closely resembles the shape of a soft-shelled turtle. As a result, Saseongam Hermitage enjoys a beautiful view of the surrounding area that includes the city of Gurye, the Seomjingang River, and Mt. Jirisan (1915 m) off in the distance. Recently, and because of this view, “Saseongam Hermitage and Surroundings” was named as Scenic Site #111 in 2014.

It’s believed that Saseongam Hermitage was first built in 544 A.D. by the monk Yeongi-josa; however, there are no records to support this claim. In addtion, it should be noted that Yeongi-josa is said to have also first built neighbouring Hwaeomsa Temple in 544 A.D., Yeonguksa Temple in 543 A.D., and Munsusa Temple in 547 A.D. When Saseongam Hermitage was first built, it was named Osanam Hermitage, which came from the name of the mountain on which it was built. Throughout the hermitage’s long history, four of Korea’s most preeminent Buddhist monks stayed at the hermitage. These four monks include Wonhyo-daesa (617-686 A.D.), Uisang-daesa (625-702 A.D.), Doseon-guksa (827-898 A.D.), and Hyesim (1178-1234); as such, the name of the hermitage changed to Saseongam Hermitage, which means “Four Sages Hermitage” in English, to honour these four prominent Korean Buddhist monks.

The hermitage buildings at Saseongam Hermitage were reconstructed under the watchful eye of Hyesimin in the 13th century. It was later rebuilt in 1630. And more recently, the hermitage was reconstructed in 1939. This was furthered in the 1980s and 1990s, when Saseongam Hermitage was further renovated and repaired.

Hermitage Layout

You first make your way up to the hermitage grounds past a mountainside tea shop and around a steep bend in the road to the right. Eventually, you’ll come to the outskirts, where you’ll first see the monks dorms through the trees to your left. Continuing up the road, and looking back over your shoulder, you’ll notice the rolling mountains off in the distance and the Seomjingang River down below.

Next up are a pair of buildings to your left before entering the lower courtyard at Saseongam Hermitage. These two buildings are the administrative offices and kitchen area. Immediately overhead, and hovering over top of the entire lower courtyard, is the Yurigwang-jeon Hall (but more on this later). To the right of the administrative offices and kitchen, you’ll notice a row of stone guardian statues. These dozen statues are perched atop a ledge beneath the Yurigwang-jeon Hall. In front of these modern stone guardian statues is an equally modern stone relief dedicated to a triad centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise).

There are two stairways that lead to the upper courtyard at Saseongam Hermitage; however, there isn’t a pathway that connects the two areas in the upper courtyard. So to get to the Yurigwang-jeon Hall, which acts as the hermitage’s main hall, you’ll need to take the stone stairs to the right. When you do eventually get to the top of the stairs where the main hall is housed, you’ll get a commanding view of the beautiful mountains below and the river off in the distance. As for the Yurigwang-jeon Hall, it was constructed in 1997. The exterior walls are vibrantly painted in the traditional dancheong colours. Stepping inside the Yurigwang-jeon Hall, you’ll notice the “Rock-Carved Standing Buddha of Saseongam Hermitage,” which is Jeollanam-do Tangible Cultural Heritage #220. This carving is meant to depict an image of Yaksayeorae-bul (The Medicine Buddha, and the Buddha of the Eastern Paradise). According to legend, Wonhyo-daesa (617-686 A.D.) carved the image of Yaksayeorae-bul with his own fingernails while in a meditative trance. With that being said, what is more likely, and based upon the carving’s design, the carving was made during the 9th or 10th centuries. As for the carving design, it has a large bump on top of its head, which is meant to symbolize the wisdom of the Buddha. Additionally, the carving’s right hand is raised to its chest, while its left hand holds a medicine bowl. A fiery mandorla surrounds both the head and body of the carving. In total, the carving stands 3.9 metres in height.

Making your way back down the stairs, and now heading towards the western staircase to your left, you’ll notice the beautiful underside lotus flower paintings that adorn the Yurigwang-jeon Hall. Making your way up the western stone stairs, you’ll first come to the Nahan-jeon Hall, which is also known as the 53 Buddhas Hall. This Nahan-jeon Hall was first built during the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). When you first enter this temple shrine hall, you’ll need to walk to the right before taking your shoes off. Looking to your left, you’ll find 53 images of the Buddha. These statues, like the Nahan-jeon Hall, are believed to date back to the late Joseon Dynasty. In total, there are 53 Buddhas that are meant to represent the long lineage of the Buddhas throughout the entirety of time that includes the Past Buddha (Yeondeung-bul), the Present Buddha (Seokgamoni-bul), and the Future Buddha (Mireuk-bul). While the temple originally had 53 of these statues, including a central golden image of Seokgamoni-bul, twenty of these statues went missing; so in 2020, the twenty missing statues were replaced with twenty new statues of the Buddha. And to your back, facing away from the main altar, there’s a window that has a stunning view of Gurye off in the distance.

To the left of the Nahan-jeon Hall, and ducking your head below the roof-outcropping from the Nahan-jeon Hall, you’ll make your way towards the Jijang-jeon Hall. The exterior walls to the Jijang-jeon Hall are vibrantly painted in dancheong colours with images of Buddhas up near the eaves, as well as the Siwang (The Ten Kings of the Underworld) adorning some of the exterior walls. Looking inside the Jijang-jeon Hall, you’ll find a green haired and golden capped image of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife).

Continuing up the trail to the left of the Jijang-jeon Hall, you’ll find a bronze plate that depicts Saseongam Hermitage, as well as a beautiful stone statue dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). To the left of these two pieces of Buddhist artwork, you’ll find the Rock of Wishes. This rather non-descript flat rock is believed to grant wishes to those that stand in front of it and pray sincerely. The reason for this belief is that it surrounds a legend about a husband and a wife. According to this legend, there once was a loyal and dedicated wife who had a husband that went to the nearby village to sell rafts. His wife came to this rock to pray for her husband’s safe return; however, the long wait exhausted the wife; so much so, that the wait killed her. When the man finally did return, he found his wife dead. In turn, he, too, died from his grief. I’m not sure how this is related to good luck because it sounds like an extremely unlucky story; but either way, the rock is meant to be lucky.

Around the bend, and next to the Rock of Wishes, you’ll find the Sanwang-jeon Hall nestled between two rocky walls. Formerly, there was a painting housed inside this shaman shrine hall dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). But sometime over the past ten years, the mural was replaced by an intricate wooden relief dedicated to the Mountain Spirit. The shaman deity is joined to the right by a fierce tiger and to the left by three dongja (attendants).

After visiting the Sanwang-jeon Hall, there are two ways you can make your way around the rest of Mt. Osan and Saseongam Hermitage. If you decide to backtrack a bit and head to the left, you’ll get amazing views of the city of Gurye down below, the golden farmers’ fields, and Mt. Jirisan off in the distance. However, if you instead decide to head right and enter a tiny little crack in the mountain wall, you’ll find yourself in the midst of Doseon-gul Cave. The Doseon-gul Cave, which is actually more of a passageway between two large boulders than it is a cave, is said to have once been a place where Wonhyo-daesa came to meditate. And then two hundred years later, it’s believed to have been a place where Doseon-guksa lived for a short period of time while contemplating the theory of Pungsu-jiri; for which, Doseon-guksa is renowned. And midway through the Doseon-gul Cave, you’ll find an elevated metal shrine with numerous candles burning on it.

How To Get There

The easiest and simplest way to get to Samseongam Hermitage is to take a taxi from the Gurye Intercity Bus Terminal. The ride will take about 14 minutes, over 7.7 km, and it’ll bring you right up to the hermitage. The taxi ride will cost you about 15,000 won (one way). And if traveling in a group, this might be the most economical, as well.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Saseongam Hermitage is one of those hermitage (or temples for that matter) that grabs your attention and sets you adrift with its amazing views. Outside its amazing views that have over a 180 degree panoramic view of the area, it has the stunning Yurigwang-jeon Hall that rests upon three large pillars. The main hall at Saseongam Hermitage almost looks partially suspended midair. In addition to these two amazing features, you can also enjoy the view from inside the Nahan-jeon Hall, as well as the artwork inside the Jijang-jeon Hall, the Nahan-jeon Hall and the Sanwang-jeon Hall. There’s also the natural features of the Doseon-gul Cave and the Rock of Wishes, as well. Saseongam Hermitage is a beautiful blend of natural beauty and Buddhist artistry and architecture and shouldn’t be overshadowed by the neighbouring temples and hermitages in the Jirisan region.

The suspended Yurigwang-jeon Hall as you first enter the lower courtyard at Saseongam Hermitage. A look towards the left part of the lower courtyard at the hermitage with the administration office and Nahan-jeon Hall overhead. A look up at the suspended Yurigwang-jeon Hall and a dozen stone guardian statues below it. The view that the stone guardians get to enjoy. As you near the Yurigwang-jeon Hall from the side-winding set of stairs. The view from the main hall. The “Rock-Carved Standing Buddha of Saseongam Hermitage” inside the Yurigwang-jeon Hall. A look up at the Nahan-jeon Hall from the set of stone stairs to the left of the main hall. A look inside the Nahan-jeon Hall at the main altar. A look up at the Jijang-jeon Hall to the left of the Nahan-jeon Hall. The main altar inside the Jijang-jeon Hall. A modern stone statue dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) next to the Rock of Wishes (left). The Sanwang-jeon Hall with a wood relief dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit) inside it. A realistic image of a tiger that adorns the left exterior wall of the Sanwang-jeon Hall. A look through the Doseon-gul Cave. And one final look up at the gravity-defying Yurigwang-jeon Hall.—


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