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Pokpoam Hermitage – 폭포암 (Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do)

Fri, 2024-05-03 03:20
Pokpoam Hermitage in Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do. Hermitage History

Pokpoam Hermitage, which means “Waterfall Hermitage” in English, is situated to the south of Mt. Gujeolsan (564.5) in northeastern Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do. Pokpoam Hermitage is situated on the former temple grounds of Sadusa Temple. Sadusa Temple was used as a site for the manufacturing of arrows for the Righteous Army led by Samyeong-daesa (1544-1610). The temple was destroyed, when it was burned to the ground by the invading Japanese army during the Imjin War (1592-98). The temple would remain abandoned until 1981, when the monk Hyeongak came to Goseong to pray for one hundred days. It was around this time that tiles and the foundation for the former Sadusa Temple were discovered.

As for the name of the hermitage, there’s a rather interesting legend connected with it. There’s a waterfall that flows through the hermitage named “Yongho-pokpo – 용호폭포.” According to this legend, there used to live an evil dragon that resided in the pooling water beneath the waterfall. One day, it ascended up into the sky. However, at the same time that the dragon was flying, local women were gathering food in the valley. The dragon was curious, so it tried to hide to spy on these women. Suddenly, lightning struck and the dragon was shattered into various pieces. Its body would become a rock that surrounded the Yongho Waterfall like a folding screen. The waterfall would flow over the dragon’s head, which gives it its name of Yongho Waterfall. And it’s internal organs dissolved to become a cave. A tiger came to live in this cave, and the cave came to be known as the Baekho-gul Cave. Currently, it’s used as a Sanshin-gak Hall at the hermitage. As for the dragon’s horns, they became a rock at the top of Mt. Gujeolsan, and its eyes became Bodeok-gul Cave to the left of the waterfall. Currently, this cave is off-limits to the general public. The Bandal-gul Cave at Pokpoam Hermitage, which is currently used as the Yongwang-dang Hall, is said to have mysterious mineral water flowing from it. Lastly, the dragon’s tail was cut off and caught on a rock to make part of the rock formation around the hermitage.

In addition to this legend, the temple is really popular because it’s said that the Yongho-pokpo Waterfall makes people’s wishes come true. It’s also popular among hikers, so Pokpoam Hermitage is doubly busy so be prepared and probably visit the hermitage at an earlier hour.

Hermitage Layout

You first approach the hermitage grounds from the parking lot. The pathway zigs and zags at a pretty steep angle over 300 metres, until you finally arrive the base of the pooling waterfall. Along the way, you’ll pass by some rather curious pagodas with various images at their bases like hearts, stars, frogs, and even a moktak.

Depending on when you visit the hermitage, the waterfall can be quite intense or a slow trickle of water. And above the waterfall is a suspension bridge up near the peak of the mountain. But back at the base of the waterfall, you’ll notice an outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) that consists of a five metre tall statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Continuing up the stairs that led you to the outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal, there will be an exit to your right. Continuing along this trail, you’ll come to a rock where you can come quite close to the flow of the falls. And on days where the waterfall is really flowing, you can get quite wet from all the mist in the air. Take your time and enjoy the waterfall from up-close.

Climbing up the set of uneven stone stairs, you’ll next come to the Yongwang-dang Hall, which is also known as the Bandal-gul Cave. The outdoor of this structure is a modern cement structure with fading paint. Stepping inside the cave, you’ll find a small statue on the main altar dedicated to Yongwang (The Dragon King). And this red main altar image of Yongwang is backed to the side by a print of a black dragon. Also in this area is a row of clapboard buildings. The entry to the far left is the entrance to the Gwaneum-jeon Hall at Pokpoam Hermitage. Standing inside this cave-like interior is a golden image of Gwanseeum-bosal on the main altar.

Back at the stairs that led you up towards these structures, but hanging a left this time, you’ll find a collection of structures. The first is the hermitage’s kitchen and administrative office. Above this, and up on the next level of the large ledge, is the Daeung-jeon Hall. The exterior walls of the main hall are adorned with a collection of paintings that include a white image of Gwaneeum-bosal and Bicheon (Flying Heavenly Deities). Stepping inside the main hall, you’ll find a triad of statues on the main altar. The central image, rather surprisingly, appears to be that of Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise), who is joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal and Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). And hanging on the far right wall is a modern, black accented, Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

To the left of the Daeung-jeon Hall, you’ll find a golden relief of Yaksa-yeorae-bul (The Buddha of the Eastern Paradise, and the Buddha of Medicine). This image holds a medicinal jar in its left hand, as it looks out towards the valley below.

Beyond this golden relief, you’ll find numerous sets of stairs that lead up and around to the suspension bridge above the hermitage’s waterfall. Along the way, you get beautiful views of both the waterfall and the valley below. Both are equally stunning.

Eventually, you’ll come to a clearing, where you’ll find the rather long suspension bridge. If you feel up for a hike, you can continue across the bridge to the other side and hike around Mt. Gujeolsan. However, if you don’t have the time or inclination, you can simply get great pictures of the hermitage grounds and valley below, or the waterfall from above. Either way, and whatever you might choose, the views from the heights of the suspension bridge are stunning.

How To Get There

The easiest, and least complicated, way to get to Pokpoam Hermitage from the Goseong Intercity Bus Terminal is to take a taxi. This is especially the case if you’re with a group. In total, the taxi ride should take about 20 minutes, over 12 km, and it’ll cost you around 20,000 won (one way). Otherwise, you’ll be on a bus for about 40 minutes, and then need to hike for over 70 minutes, or 4 km, to get to Pokpoam Hermitage.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Pokpoam Hermitage in Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do is pretty tricky to rate. If you simply leave it to the shrine halls at the hermitage, it’s rather pedestrian. However, once you include the waterfall, the valley, and the scenic mountain, it only helps to elevate the hermitage. So depending on what you might enjoy at a temple, whether it’s nature or shrine halls, it’ll go a long way in determining just how much you enjoy Pokpoam Hermitage. Either way, however, Pokpoam Hermitage makes for a nice little trip in the countryside of Goseong. But be forewarned, it can get quite busy.

The road leading up to Pokpoam Hermitage. Some of the unique pagodas along the way. Some of the cascading water along the way, as well. The beautiful Yongho Waterfall at the hermitage. The outdoor shrine dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) at Pokpoam Hermitage. The view that the Bodhisattva of Compassion gets to enjoy. Making your way towards the falls. An up-close of the Yongho-pokpo Waterfall. A look inside the Yongwang-dang Hall. A look inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall. The cliffside Daeung-jeon Hall. The main altar inside the Daeung-jeon Hall. The golden relief dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul (The Medicine Buddha, and the Buddha of the Eastern Paradise). The hermitage grounds. The view as you make your way to the top of the falls. The suspension bridge that spans the top of the falls. And the stunning view from the suspension bridge.—

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Bosudong Cooler & Taepyeong Sigan @ Ovantgarde

Thu, 2024-05-02 16:37
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 18:00Location: Event Type: 

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Billy Go’s Korean Conversation Course | #5: Taxi – 택시

Thu, 2024-05-02 15:54

We're at lesson 5 out of a total of 20 lessons. This series is a free video course that teaches through natural Korean conversations, and gives full explanations for everything along the way. I'll be posting one new episode of this course until it's complete.

Note that this course is recommended for students who've already completed either my Beginner's Korean Course (100 episodes), or another similar beginner Korean course. That course is also free on my YouTube channel.

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Live Rock n Roll: Barbie Dolls @ Ol' 55

Thu, 2024-05-02 15:26
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This Saturday night at OL’55 we’re having a drinking party with the Barbie Dolls! The Barbie Dolls have been one of our favorites for a solid decade! Why? Because they know go to PARTY!

PLUS! After their set we’re gonna start the JAMS with a fun group of guest musicians! 

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PLUS we’re gonna run the Rockstar Shots special until midnight! Ask for it! 

Come Play!!!!

이번 주 토요일 밤, OL'55에서는 Barbie Dolls와 파티를 합니다! 
Barbie Dolls는 지난 10년 동안 우리가 가장 좋아하는 밴드 중 하나입니다! 
왜냐하면, 진짜 파티를 즐길줄 알기 때문입니다!

이 공연이 끝난 후, 재미있는 게스트 뮤지션들이 함께 JAM 공연을 할 예정입니다!

입장료가 무료입니다! 
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"락스타 샷" 스페셜 행사도 자정까지 진행됩니다!

놀러오세요!!!!

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Thu, 2024-05-02 08:20
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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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Capturing the Vibrant Nightscape: A Guide to Urban Night Photography in South Korea

Mon, 2024-04-29 23:20

South Korea, a land of bustling streets, neon-lit alleys, and towering skyscrapers, offers a plethora of opportunities for capturing stunning urban nightscapes. As a photographer based in this dynamic country, diving into the realm of night photography unveils a canvas of vibrant city lights and captivating architectural marvels. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the art and techniques behind urban night photography in South Korea, from essential equipment to composition tips and post-processing tricks.

Gear Essentials

Before venturing into the nocturnal realm, it’s crucial to equip yourself with the right gear. A sturdy tripod is your best companion for long exposure shots, ensuring sharpness and stability in low-light conditions. Pair it with a wide-angle lens to encompass expansive cityscapes and capture the grandeur of South Korea’s urban landscapes. Additionally, carrying spare batteries and memory cards ensures uninterrupted shooting sessions amidst the city’s electrifying ambiance.

My main recommendation for tripods these days are tripods from K&F Concept. They are well built and relatively affordable. Not to mention, that even when ordering one of their more expensive carbon fibre tripods, I had no troubles betting it through Korean customs.

Choosing the Perfect Location

South Korea’s cities boast a myriad of picturesque locations for night photography. Seoul’s iconic landmarks such as the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the illuminated Gwangali bridge in Busan, and the bustling streets of Ulsan offer endless possibilities for creative compositions. Busan’s vibrant nightlife scene and the Cheongaechon Stream in Seoul provide additional opportunities for capturing stunning cityscapes. Researching potential shooting locations beforehand enables you to plan your shoot effectively and maximize your time on-site.

However, don’t give up if you don’t live in Seoul or Busan. The beauty of Korea is that any downtown area or “shinae” will have the same elements that many of the larger cities have. They will have tons of traffic, flashing signs and interesting buildings. Use there elements to create your own nightscapes of Korea.

Mastering Exposure and Settings

Achieving the perfect exposure is paramount in night photography, where light is scarce yet dynamic. Start by setting your camera to aperture priority mode and dialing in a low ISO to minimize noise. Experiment with long exposure times, ranging from a few seconds to several minutes (in manual mode), to capture the trails of passing vehicles or the mesmerizing flow of city lights. Utilize a wide aperture (low f-stop) to maximize light intake and create captivating bokeh effects. Additionally, using a remote shutter release minimizes camera shake and ensures sharp, blur-free images.

One tip that I use is by downloading the app for your camera, if it has one. This will allow you to use your phone as a remote shutter. If you don’t have that feature, use the 2-second timer on your camera to get a hands-free shot. If you use a canon camera and are bracketing your shots, then this will also shoot all of your images in succession without having to shoot them individually.

Composition Techniques

Composition plays a pivotal role in creating compelling urban nightscapes. Incorporate leading lines, such as roads or bridges, to guide the viewer’s gaze through the frame and add depth to your images. Experiment with different perspectives and angles to highlight the juxtaposition of modern architecture against the night sky. Utilize reflections from puddles or glass surfaces to introduce intriguing visual elements into your compositions. Remember the rule of thirds and consider placing key elements, such as city landmarks or light trails, along the intersecting points for added visual interest.

Night photography in Korea is something that really allows you to experiment with your composition. Try shooting in tight alleyways or using the lightrails of the endless streams of traffic to help make your shots really pop. No matter where you live in Korea, you can find areas that will be amazing for street photography.

Post-Processing Magic

Post-processing allows you to enhance and refine your night photographs, bringing out the full potential of your captures. Software such as Adobe Lightroom or Luminar Neo enables you to fine-tune exposure, contrast, and color balance to achieve a desired aesthetic. Adjusting white balance settings can help correct any color casts introduced by artificial lighting, ensuring accurate and vibrant hues. Experiment with selective dodging and burning to emphasize specific areas of your image and create a sense of drama and depth.

The bottomline is that urban night photography in South Korea is a captivating journey into the heart of bustling metropolises, where the cityscape transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of light and shadows. Armed with the right gear, technical know-how, and creative vision, photographers can unlock the full potential of this dynamic genre, capturing the essence of South Korea’s vibrant urban landscape under the cloak of night.

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Seonsuam Hermitage – 선수암 (Yesan, Chungcheongnam-do)

Mon, 2024-04-29 23:14
Seonsuam Hermitage at Sudeoksa Temple in Yesan, Chungcheongnam-do. Hermitage History

Seonsuam Hermitage is located on the Sudeoksa Temple grounds in Yesan, Chungcheongnam-do in the southern foothills of Mt. Deoksungsan (495.2 m). The hermitage is also a nunnery for Buddhist nuns. Very little is known about the hermitage’s history.

Hermitage Layout

Just to the southwest of the main temple courtyard at Sudeoksa Temple, you’ll find Seonsuam Hermitage. As you first approach the entry to the hermitage, which is located just to the left of the Sacheonwangmun Gate for Sudeoksa Temple, you’ll notice a miniature replica of Dabo-tap Pagoda of Bulguksa Temple fame halfway up the pathway. Nestled under towering trees, the pagoda is an exact replica of the stone monument but just a quarter of its original size.

Finally entering the hermitage’s main courtyard, you’ll notice the large main hall to your right with the nuns’ dorms off to the left. The Wontongbo-jeon Hall’s exterior is beautifully adorned with two different sets of murals. The upper set is the vibrant Palsang-do (The Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life), while the lower set depicts the various stages of a person’s life. The floral latticework on the front doors are stunning.

Stepping inside the Wontongbo-jeon Hall, and seated all alone on the main altar, is a large image dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). The entire interior of the main hall is adorned with various murals. To the right of the main altar are a set of four murals. The first of these paintings is dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife), followed by one dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), another dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars), and the last being a beautiful Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

To the left of the main altar, on the other hand, is another collection of Buddhist murals. The first of these four is dedicated to a multi-armed and headed Gwanseeum-bosal. The next painting is an older mural dedicated to Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), followed by a painting dedicated to the Siwang (The Ten Kings of the Underworld), and a Gamno-do (Sweet Dew Mural).

It should be noted that during my visit to Seonsuam Hermitage, I met one of the nicest nuns (or monks for that matter) at any temple or hermitage in Korea. She took the time to explain some of the details behind each painting inside the Wontongbo-jeon Hall. Also, she gave me a beautiful wood panel piece filled with a dancheong design. It was a great experience.

How To Get There

To get to Seonsuam Hermitage, you’ll first need to get to Sudeoksa Temple. To get to Sudeoksa Temple, you’ll need to take a bus from the Yesan Intercity Bus Terminal. From this terminal, you can take a rural bus to get to Sudeoksa Temple. Here is a list of potential buses that you can take: Bus #553 (8:20), Bus #547 (9:40), Bus #558 (10:50, 17:35), Bus #551 (12:00, 15:00), Bus #557 (13:20), Bus #549 (14:00), Bus #555 (15:55), Bus #556 (19:15). These buses will take about an hour and forty minutes to get to the temple.

Once at Sudeoksa Temple, make your way towards the main temple courtyard. Just before the Sacheonwangmun Gate, hang a left and head towards Seonsuam Hermitage. It’s about 100 metres up the pathway.

Overall Rating: 3/10

Seonsuam Hermitage is well-taken care of as is evident of the well-manicured grounds. In addition to all of this natural beauty, the hermitage also houses a beautiful collection of artwork inside the main hall. There’s also a large, imposing image of a feminine-looking statue of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) on the main altar. So if you’re visiting the neighbouring Sudeoksa Temple, you should definitely drop by Seonsuam Hermitage along they way.

The pathway and replica of Dabo-tap Pagoda as you make your way up to Seonsuam Hermitage. The beautiful Wontongbo-jeon Hall at the hermitage. A fierce decorative dragon near the signboard of the main hall. Some of the beautiful floral latticework that adorns the Wontongbo-jeon Hall. One of the Palsang-do (The Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life) that adorns the exterior of the main hall. Joined by this set of murals dedicated to a person’s life. A look inside the Wontongbo-jeon Hall. The Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) mural inside the main hall. Joined by this Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural). An up-close of Dongjin-bosal (The Bodhisattva that Protects the Buddha’s Teachings) inside the Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural). The Siwang (The Ten Kings of the Underworld) painting inside the Wontongbo-jeon Hall. And the Gamno-do (Sweet Dew Mural) inside the main hall, as well.—

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The Difference Between Korean and English Adjectives | Korean FAQ

Mon, 2024-04-29 15:10

Korean adjectives are often misused when speaking, not only because adjectives in Korean conjugate, but because the WAY that they conjugate isn't how you might expect. Misusing adjectives is an incredibly common mistake in Korean, and in this video I explain how to solve it.

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      Jangyuksa Temple – 장육사 (Yeongdeok, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

      Sun, 2024-04-28 23:43
      A Mid-18th Century Painting of Bohyeon-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power) Riding a Six-Tusked Elephant inside the Daeung-jeon Hall at Jangyuksa Temple in Yeongdeok, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Temple History

      Jangyuksa Temple is located to the south of Mt. Unseosan (519.9 m) in northern Yeongdeok, Gyeongsangbuk-do. The temple was first constructed by the monk Naong (1320-1376) during the reign of King Gongmin of Goryeo (r. 1351-74).

      Jangyuksa Temple was later destroyed by a brush fire during the reign of King Sejong (r. 1418-1450). It was at this time that a rather interesting temple myth surrounds the rebuild of Jangyuksa Temple. During this rebuild, a carpenter volunteered to help reconstruct the Daeung-jeon Hall. He did this to help pray for his mother’s recovery. When the construction was almost complete, and there were only the last four pillars left to be added to the main hall, the carpenter heard that his mother had died. Devastated, and unable to hide his grief, the carpenter left the construction of the Daeung-jeon Hall before its completion. The loss of his mother, or at least this is what the carpenter told himself, was caused by the lack of sincerity of his prayers. After the departure of the grieving carpenter, a new carpenter was called in to complete the main hall. But because of his lack of expertise, the main hall was completed with the bowing of the four remaining pillars.

      This Daeung-jeon Hall, and the rest of the temple grounds, would be completely destroyed, this time, during the Imjin War (1592-98). Not long after, Jangyuksa Temple would be rebuilt, again. And the latest large scale restoration took place in 1900.

      Jangyuksa Temple is home to one Korean Treasure, it’s the “Dry-lacquered Seated Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Jangnyuksa Temple,” which is Korean Treasure #993. In addition to this one Korean Treasure, the temple is home to four provincial treasures, as well.

      Temple Layout

      You first approach the temple grounds up a twisting country road, until you eventually arrive at the temple parking lot. From the temple parking lot, you’ll get great views to your right of the sprawling temple grounds with a meandering stream to your left.

      Mounting the stone set of stairs, you’ll find the Jong-ru Pavilion halfway up your climb. Housed inside this bell pavilion is a beautiful bronze bell. After viewing the Jong-ru Pavilion, you’ll pass under the temple’s Boje-ru Pavilion. Just make sure to watch your head when passing under the pavilion because the ceiling is quite low.

      Appearing on the other side of the Boje-ru Pavilion, you’ll finally be standing in the centre of the main temple courtyard. Straight ahead of you is the Daeung-jeon Hall. The Daeung-jeon Hall is Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property #138.

      The exterior walls are adorned in simple dancheong colours. Stepping inside the Daeung-jeon Hall, which was renovated in 1900, you’ll find a triad of statues resting on the main altar. In the centre sits Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha), who 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 stunning “The Sermon on Vulture Peak Painting,” or “Yeongsan Hoesang-do – 영산 회상도” in Korean. It’s believed that the painting dates back to the mid-18th century, and it’s Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property #373.

      To the right of the main altar is an elaborate Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural), as well as an older mural dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars) located between the main altar and the Shinjung Taenghwa. And to the left of the main altar, you’ll find a mural dedicated to Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). This painting is also a Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property #374. But if you look around the interior of the Daeung-jeon Hall including the walls, the ceiling, and beams, you’ll find a wonderful variety of mid-18th century murals that include murals dedicated to Munsu-bosal, Bohyeon-bosal, Bicheon (Flying Heavenly Deities), the Nahan (The Historical Disciples of the Buddha). In total, there are 18 of these paintings, and they are a Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property #563.

      Back outside the Daeung-jeon Hall, you’ll find a beautiful, modern three-story pagoda to the right of the main hall. The base of the structure is adorned with images of the Eight Legions, while the first body stones are adorned with various Buddhas including Yaksayeorae-bul (The Buddha of Medicine) and Birojana-bul (The Buddha of Cosmic Energy).

      To the left of the Daeung-jeon Hall, on the other hand, is the temple’s Gwaneum-jeon Hall. Like the Daeung-jeon Hall, the Gwaneum-jeon Hall is adorned with simple dancheong colours. As for the interior, and resting on the main altar, is a solitary image dedicated to Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). This is the “Dry-lacquered Seated Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Jangnyuksa Temple,” which is Korean Treasure #993. This statue stands 86 cm in height, and it was made in 1395 through the donations of the officials and people of Yonghae-bu District. It was re-gilt in 1407. The face of the Bodhisattva looks determined, and its overall stance is slightly bent. Compared to other Buddha and Bodhisattva statues of the early 14th century, this statue emphasizes the decorations adorning its body like the necklace and crown than other features on the statue. Backing this statue is a modern multi-armed and headed image of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. And filling out the rest of the interior of the shrine hall are tiny statues of Gwanseeum-bosal.

      And to the left of the Gwaneum-jeon Hall is the Dokseong/Sanshin-gak Hall. Like the previously mentioned shrine hall, this shaman shrine hall’s exterior walls are adorned in simple dancheong colours. Stepping inside the Dokseong/Sanshin-gak Hall, you’ll find a pair of paintings. The painting to the right is dedicated to a rather surprised-looking image of Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), while the mural to the left is dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). The Mountain Spirit is joined by a wild-eyed image of a tiger.

      How To Get There

      Without the use of your own vehicle, Jangyuksa Temple is virtually impossible to get to. With nearly a two and a half hour ride on public transportation and multiple bus changes along the way, a vehicle of your own is almost a must. However, if you don’t have your own mode of transportation, the next best thing might be a taxi from the Yeongdeok Terminal. If you take a taxi to get to Jangyuksa Temple, it’ll take about 33 minutes, over 32 km, and it’ll cost you 41,000 won (one way).

      Overall Rating: 7/10

      The rather obvious highlight to Jangyuksa Temple is the Daeung-jeon Hall. In total, it houses some four provincial treasures; some of which, I wouldn’t be surprised become Treasures in the not too distant future. Of particular note are the eighteen mid-18th century paintings that adorn every surface inside the main hall, as well as the pair of provincial paintings dedicated to Jijang-bosal and the “The Sermon on Vulture Peak Painting” backing the main altar triad. In addition to the Daeung-jeon Hall, you should also look for the stunning “Dry-lacquered Seated Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Jangnyuksa Temple,” which also just so happens to be a Korean Treasure, as well as the mural dedicated to the Mountain Spirit inside the shaman shrine hall. Overall, Jangyuksa Temple is little known, as a result there aren’t too many crowds, which makes for a rather tranquil experience.

      The stone stairs leading up to the Boje-ru Pavilion. The Jong-ru Pavilion along the way. The bronze bell housed inside the Jong-ru Pavilion. The Daeung-jeon Hall at Jangyuksa Temple. The main altar triad backed by the mid-18th century “The Sermon on Vulture Peak Painting.” A look around the interior of the Daeung-jeon Hall. The Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) painting inside the Daeung-jeon Hall that’s Gyeongsangbuk-do Tangible Cultural Property #374. Some of the 18 paintings adorning the interior walls of the Daeung-jeon Hall that are from the mid-18th century. Joined by this mid-18 century mural dedicated to Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom). The modern three-story pagoda to the right of the main hall. And to the left of the Daeung-jeon Hall is the Gwaneum-jeon Hall at Jangyuksa Temple. The “Dry-lacquered Seated Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Jangnyuksa Temple” housed inside the Gwaneum-jeon Hall that also just so happens to be Korean Treasure #993. The Dokseong/Sanshin-gak Hall. The painting dedicated to Dokseong (The Lonely Saint) inside the shaman shrine hall. Joined by this mural dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit).—

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      Chungyoile, Yajasu & Taepyeong Sigan @ Ovantgarde

      Fri, 2024-04-26 13:59
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      Summer sounds in the spring!

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      Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 6pm 
      Doors open 5:30pm

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      (15-1, B1, Yongso-ro 7beon-gil, Nam-gu, Busan)

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      신도시 (Daegu)
      Featuring members of March Kings, one of my favorite Korean indie bands ever, Sindosi cites post-punk and British indie (especially the 90's Manchester scene) as influences. This is their first time playing HQ, but everybody I know in Daegu (and friends who've seen them at Ovantgarde in Busan) say they're absolutely fantastic. Check'em out at:

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      There's a 5000 Won cover for the show, and 100% of that will go to the performing bands--it ain't cheap to rent a practice space, travel out to Busan, etc. plus these kids are great, so give 'em some cash for playing... and HQ's drinks are cheap, I promise! Music starts at 9:30. Get out here, friends.

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      Exploring Seuldo Island: A Photographer’s Serendipitous Journey

      Thu, 2024-04-25 13:30

      In the predawn hours, when most sane souls are still cocooned in the warmth of their beds, there’s a sacred magic brewing in the world. It’s the time when shadows dance differently, and light paints the sky in hues only the early risers witness. This is the time when Seuldo Island, nestled in the embrace of Dong-gu Ulsan, reveals its raw beauty to those willing to chase the dawn.

      My recent escapade to Seuldo was born from the ashes of a canceled photowalk, a casualty of unpredictable weather. But sometimes, the best adventures stem from unexpected beginnings. Armed with my camera and a craving for connection with the lens, I embarked on a solitary journey, seeking solace in the solitude of dawn.

      Seuldo, with its seaside cafes and Instagram-worthy canola flowers, is a siren song for many. But for me, the allure lies in the tranquil morning hours, where the world whispers secrets only the early risers can hear. As I stumbled out of bed, late yet eager, I found myself greeted by a celestial surprise—a massive moon lingering behind the lighthouse, casting a silver glow upon the waking world.

      With adrenaline coursing through my veins, I hastily set up my gear, grateful for the 70-200mm lens that framed the scene with perfection. As if scripted by fate, a fellow shutterbug emerged from the darkness, his energy mirroring my own. In the silent communion of photographers, we shared a moment, capturing the fleeting beauty of dawn with our lenses.

      With the sunrise as our muse, we danced with light and shadow, each click of the shutter a testament to our shared passion. And as quickly as our paths crossed, he vanished into the morning mist, leaving me to ponder my next destination.

      The allure of Gyeongju beckoned, its ancient charm calling to my wandering soul. Amidst centuries-old temples and blooming cherry blossoms, I found inspiration in every corner. The forest of “double blossoms” whispered tales of seasons past, their delicate petals a symphony of color against the backdrop of history.

      Amidst the tranquility of nature, I found my muse—a solitary tree adorned with pink blossoms, its branches reaching towards the heavens. In that moment, I became a storyteller, capturing the essence of time in a single frame.

      As I retraced my steps homeward, exhaustion mingled with euphoria, a testament to the day’s endeavors. In the quiet of my sanctuary, I marveled at the memories captured through my lens, each image a testament to the beauty of the world awakened.

      In a life filled with choices, I am grateful for the moments when I choose to chase the dawn, to embrace the unknown with open arms. For in those fleeting moments, I find not only photographs but fragments of my soul scattered amidst the pixels—a reminder that the greatest adventures lie just beyond the horizon.

      So here’s to Seuldo Island, to Gyeongju’s ancient allure, and to the serendipitous moments that shape our journey. May we continue to chase the dawn, one click of the shutter at a time, in search of stories yet untold.

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