Mountain temple

Trip Start Oct 12, 2012
1
3
Trip End Oct 14, 2012


Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of Korea Rep.  , South Chungcheong,
Sunday, October 14, 2012

We woke up early to head off to the temple, but not before going to the hotel room above ours for some breakfast. Jason, one of the people organizing the event is making us breakfast burritos to fuel our travels. Mmm... so tasty.
With breakfast out of the way we were ready to get on the bus and head off to Haeinsa Buddhist Temple. It wasn't too long before we were surrounded by lush trees as we wove our way up the mountain. Our bus parked in a slightly lower parking lot and we were encouraged to hike the short distance up to the temple. The weather was absolutely amazing. The sun was shining and the temperature was in the low 70's, but the leaves had already started to turn brilliant shades of orange and red. The trails were well maintained and there were plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the carvings and statues tucked into forest nooks. 
Finally we made it to the temple complex and it was absolutely worth the trip. A series of temples stood within high walls, and at the back of the complex was the most impressive part. Haeinsa temple is known for housing the Tripitaka Koreana. This is the oldest and most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures. They are wooden blocks that have been painstakingly carved with Chinese characters. All of these wooden blocks are stored in a building that was built in 1457 and perfectly preserves the wood from rot. I bought a rubbing of one of the blocks... but unfortunately I lost it on the bus ride home.
We took our time wandering through the courtyards and then making our way back to the bus. Unfortunately we were just a little bit tardy for lunch and we were scolded as we got back on the bus. We took a short ride down the mountain a ways to eat our lunch. Our massive group overwhelmed the tiny Korean restaurant, but I am sure they were happy for our business. I ate bibimbap, which is one of my favorites.
With full bellies we were all energized to get on with the rest of the day. With that we were left to hike our way down the mountain. The trail started out rather easily with wooden walk-ways that followed along beside a beautiful river. After a ways the walk-ways were left behind and we were walking on dirt trails. The area was beautiful and I was reminded of hiking through Devil's Lake. Seriously, these trails are straight out of Northern Wisconsin. The weather was lovely and the hiking was not terribly difficult. 
We hiked for about two hours straight. The path continued to follow along the edge of the river, occasionally a bridge would cross us over to the other side. By the time we found our way back to the bus we were all pretty beat and ready to sit for a while. We headed out as the sun began to set, time to go home.
Slideshow Report as Spam

Comments

Carlo on

How were the Korean mosquitos? ;)

A shame about the lost rubbing -- that would have been a very nice memento to have framed. The pics look spectacular, tho'.

Mom on

A building built in 1457 - that's incredible. More amazing experiences for you to remember. I'm so glad you're making the most of your time in Korea, and sharing your stories with us.

Add Comment

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: