Wonderful Korea – Gyeongsang

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Gyeongsang, or Gyeongsang-do in Korean, is where many travellers will head towards if they wished to explore beyond Seoul. It is one of the eight provinces in Korea located on the south-eastern side of the country, and boasts huge mountain ranges, beautiful parks, and amazing islands.

King Hyeokgeose of Silla Dynasty

King Hyeokgeose of Silla Dynasty

This is the land where folklores, tales of heroes, and the ancient history of the Korean imperial kingdom are well-preserved. During the Joseon dynasty, Daegu was the provincial capital, and was the origin of the Silla Kingdom that ruled for almost a thousand years. Gyeongsang may no longer be the capital, but it continues to play an important role in modern day Korea, with half of the country’s presidents coming from this region.

Gyeongsang consists of five administrative divisions. Out of these five, three are independent cities, Busan being the largest, followed by Daegu and Ulusan, and two provinces, Gyeongsangbuk and Gyeongsangnam. These divisions are further divided into sub-regions. Gyeongbuk, which covers one-fifth of the country’s rural province, and Gyeongnam, which is the south-eastern-most province that connects to the sea.

 

History

Legend has it that the first King of Silla (also known as the Shilla Dynasty), Hyeokgeose, came from an egg that was sheltered by a horse. Hyeokgeose was discovered when a stream of light from the eastern sky shone on to the pure white horse that was protecting it. The local chiefs appointed Hyeokgeose as their king at the age of thirteen.

A painting depicting how King Hyeokgeose came into this world; from an egg that was sheltered by a pure white horse

A painting depicting how King Hyeokgeose came into this world; from an egg that was sheltered by a pure white horse

The Silla Dynasty was once a very powerful kingdom and was one of the Three Kingdoms that were competing for power over the peninsula of Korea. In total, the Silla dynasty had at least 56 different monarchs before it ended in 935. Their official religion was Buddhism, and during that time, the dynasty’s prosperity was shown through its arts and crafts. In the 16th century, they had in place a detailed social system called the golpuljedo, or ‘bone-rank system’. This system dictated the people’s clothes, marriage, where they could live, and what they could achieve.

King Munmu defeated Goguryeo Military and unified the Korean peninsula in 668

King Munmu defeated Goguryeo Military and unified the Korean peninsula in 668

Due to Silla’s geographical position being on the ‘wrong’ side of the peninsula, Silla became allies with the Chinese Tang dynasty, while Baekje allied to the Japanese. In 660, with help from China, Silla’s King Muyeol managed to overpower Baekje. A year later King Muyeol died and his son, King Munmu became the successor. He went on to defeat Goguryeo and unified the Korean peninsula in 668. This resulted in swift growth, but also caused the king to abuse his newfound wealth. He lost it all when the power of the nobility increased, and pressure from the unhappy populace increased. This led to the destabilisation of the kings’ power from the late 8th century onwards. In 927 Gyeongju was discharged. Eight years after that, King Gyeongsun handed over his power to King Taejo, and this brought the end of the Silla Dynasty.

Today, Korea is left with the Silla Dynasty’s rich legacy and historical heritage, evidenced through its unique jewellery, pottery, and majestic temples. In Gyeongju, the former seat of power of the Silla Dynasty is where you can find many royal burial mounds.

 

Location & Population

Map of Korea. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Korea. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Provinces in Korea

Map of Provinces in Korea. Click on image to enlarge.

The Gyeongsang Province is located to the west of the Jeolla and Chungcheong Provinces and on the north side of the Gangwon Province. To its south is the Korean Strait, and to its east is the Sea of Japan, better known as the East Sea by Koreans. It is surrounded by the mountains of Taebaek and Sobaek, with the Nakdong River flowing through it.

Gyeongsang is separated into two, North Gyeongsang (Gyeongsangbuk-do) and South Gyeongsang (Gyeongsangnam-do). The main cities of Gyeongsang are Busan which is the biggest city after Seoul, followed by Daegu, and Ulsan. Other cities include Pohang, Andong, Gumi, Gyeongsan, Gyeongju, Sangju, Yeongju, Gimcheon, Yeongju, Yeongcheon, and Mungyeong in North Gyeongsang. In the South are Jinju, Yangsanm Geoje, Tongyeong, Sacheon, Miryang, Gimhae, and Changwon, which is the capital of South Gyeongsang.

The population of South Gyeongsang is 3.344 million, and 2.7 million for North Gyeongsang as of October 2014.

 

Climate

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Due to its geographical location and being surrounded by mountains, North Gyeongsang is probably the hottest province in South Korea.
Being in the southern region, South Gyeongsang has a milder and warmer oceanic climate all year round. This province experiences the south-eastern winds in the summer months, and the north-western winds during winter.

In general, South Korea has a temperate climate with four seasons: Spring from March to May; summer from June to August; autumn from September to November; and winter from December to February.

 

When to Visit South Korea

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The best time to visit South Korea is during the autumn season, when you will experience mild and cooling temperatures, with an array of spectacular colours presented by Mother Nature. Autumn is also the season when most festivals are celebrated. During this season, it is best to prepare yourself with layers to cover up if needed. T-shirt weather can continue long into October, though you will likely need some extra layers by then.

Avoid the monsoon season that starts from July to late August. Although Korea is shielded by Japan and China from most typhoons, at times one or two manage to get through, so do beware. The Korean winter season can be very long, and the further up north you go, the colder it gets. If you are not one to enjoy the cold, it is best to avoid visiting during this season.

 

Getting There

KTX high-speed train is the best way to travel around Korea

KTX high-speed train is the best way to travel around Korea

You can enter via Busan, Seoul, Daegu or Incheon International Airport. From these airports, you can connect to the rest of the province using the KTX high-speed train, which is the best and most convenient way to travel. There are also normal trains and many buses running across the country which you can easily reach depending on the city you are flying in to.

 

Culture

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Gyeongsang dialect

The Korean people of Gyeongsang speak a dialect different from the standard Korean language. The Gyeongsang dialect originated from the region of Yeongnam, hence it is also called the Yeongnam dialect. There are currently around 10 million speakers of this dialect.

The Gyeongsang dialect, also spelt as Kyŏngsang, is considered the hardest dialect to comprehend as it sounds quite aggressive compared to the standard Korean language. Unlike the standard Korean language, the intonation of Gyeongsang’s dialect can vary based on the area the speaker is from. For example, a Daegu speaker will sound different from someone in the Busan area, even though they are less than 100 kilometres apart. People from Jinju, Pohang, and those living on the eastern slopes of Mount Jiri can also speak in a different tone.

 

Etiquette

For a general guideline on Korean etiquette and table manners, visit here.

 

Gyeongsang Festivals

The Gyeongsang province has an amazing historical heritage. The people of this province have preserved the continuity of their rich culture and tradition which are celebrated in various art and festivities. Below are some of the major festivals, modern and traditional, worth including in your travel itinerary when travelling to Gyeongsang.

 

North Gyeongsang Province (Gyeongsangbuk-do)

1. Pohang International Fireworks Festival

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Watch stunning firework displays from Korea, Spain, and the U.S.A in the port of Pohang.

Address: Yeongildae Beach
Date: Subject to change yearly. Please check the official website before travelling.
Website: www.phcf.or.kr (Korean only) OR http://www.korea.net/Events/Festivals/view?articleId=8410&pageIndex=1

2. Silla Cultural Festival

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The Silla Cultural Festival revives the ancient heritage and spirit of the Kingdom of Silla through arts, music and dance.

Address: Gyeongju
Date: Dates are subject to change yearly. Please check the official website.
Website: http://www.gjfac.or.kr/gj_culture/index.php (Korean) or http://www.korea.net/Events/Festivals/view?articleId=6133&pageIndex=11

3. Andong Mask Dance Festival

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The Andong Mask Dance Festival is a colourful, artistic and lively festival not to be missed. Enjoy performances of traditional Korean mask dances, which are an important part of Korean cultural heritage. You can also experience folk traditions from other parts of the world, as many international mask dance troupes are invited to join this festival, making it an even more diverse event.

Address: The Hahoe Village and Talchum (Mask Dance) Park in Andong City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province
Date: 25th September to 4th October (Subject to change yearly. Please check the official website.)
Website: http://www.maskdance.com/eng/main.asp

 

South Gyeongsang Province (Gyeongsangnam-do)

1. Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival

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A historical event celebrating General Kim Simin’s victory over the Japanese in October 1592. During this battle, lanterns were used to communicate between soldiers and their families. During the second Japanese invasion, they lost 7,000 lives, and in memory of these heroes, floating lanterns were lit all around the great Namgang River. This tradition has since been celebrated yearly with wishes of peace and prosperity for the country. Visitors can enjoy traditional folk crafts, creative lanterns, fireworks, traditional Jinju cuisine, rides on pleasure ships, and more.

Address: Namgang area, Jinju
Date: 1st of October to 13th October
Website: http://global.yudeung.com/en/sub_02_02.html

2. Jinhae Gunhangje Festival

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The main attraction of the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival are the beautiful springtime cherry blossoms that cover the entire Jinhae landscape. This festival is held in many locations around the Jungwon Rotary, and you can enjoy many performances from local Korean pop artists, and visit various exhibitions and competitions. There is also a Victory parade re-enacting the victory of Admiral Yi Sun Sin and his army, with performances by the Jinhae Military Band & Guard of Honour.

Address: Jungwon Rotary area, Jinhae-gu
Date: 31st march to 10th April
Website: http://gunhang.changwon.go.kr/2013/main.jsp (Korean) or http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=1630721

3. Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival

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Hadong is an area that is famous for producing some of the finest green tea in Korea. The origins of Hadong’s tea came from China in 828 A.D. during the Silla Dynasty. Due to its fertile land and good waterways, the tea is praised for its excellent quality. There are three main festivals celebrated: The Korea Tea Lover Festival, the Sumjin River Moonlight Tea Event, and the Boeun Tea Meeting. Not only can you sample Hadong’s finest quality teas, you can enjoy performances, such as the Green tea show, concerts, and various exhibitions.

Address: 571-25, Ssanggye-ro, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Tea Culture Centre in Akyang-myeon, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun
Date: 17th May to 19th May
Website: http://festival.hadong.go.kr/main/index.html (Korean) or http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697184

 

Visas

For a guide to visa information on entering Korea, visit here.

 

Food

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Since Gyeongsang is separated between the north and the south, you can enjoy sampling the delicacies of these two provinces depending on where you are travelling. The climate of both regions are somewhat alike, but the types of seafood harvested are quite different. Many of Gyeongsang cuisine consists of raw seafood as well as soups made with fresh fish which are very popular here.

Gyeongsang’s cuisine may be simple in presentation but rich in taste and flavour. Being a region that produces a variety of grains, you will get to taste a wide range of local dishes and noodles made from these grains. Their noodles have a nice soft texture, as they are made with raw soybean powder. Here are some popular local delicacies you can savour while travelling in Gyeongsang.

1. Kalguksu – North Gyeongsang

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Originally from the Andong region of the North Gyeongsang Province, Kal-guksu, which literally means ‘knife-cut noodles’, are traditional, handmade, wheat flour noodles. Instead of traditionally spinning noodles, these noodles are rolled out thinly and cut using a knife, hence their name. Sometimes, soybean powder is mixed into the noodles to give them a softer texture. They are cooked in a delicious broth made with dried anchovies, shellfish and kelp. At times, chicken is added into the broth to achieve a richer flavour, and simmered for some time. Kalguksu is served with vegetables, potatoes, zucchinis, fresh seasonal seafood, and your choice of garnishing. This soupy noodle is usually eaten during the summer season. However, due to its popularity, it can be eaten all year round, and just about anywhere.

2. Daegejjim – North Gyeongsang

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Daegae, meaning ‘snow crab’, is a crab with thin shells and long legs, and is famous in the Yeongdeok County (Yeongdeok-gun), North of Gyeongsang. The coastline of Yeongdeok has a depth of up to 250 meters, with an abundance of food that provides a perfect environment for the daegae. This delicacy is so popular that they have a festival for it in spring, from March to April. About 200 restaurants serves this popular crab dish, where it is steamed and served with various condiments and sauces.

3. Dotori sujebi – North Gyeongsang

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Dotori sujebi is an acorn jelly with a soupy dish made by the people of Goryeong. It was created by the local folks trying to avoid starvation. Today, it is considered a healthy and nutritious dish. In the olden days, when the people of Goryeong noticed the weather got harsh, they would quickly go up to the mountain to collect acorns, as acorns were known to be an ingredient that was good at keeping the body strong, especially during the harsh winter season.

The locals prepare the acorns by drying it in the sun, soaking in water a few times until its bitterness is removed, and then crushing it into powder. This powder is then used to make jelly. Besides that, they can also be mixed into rice flour to be made into rice cake, called sujebi or ddeok. This combination creates an even more delicious and nourishing dish. Apparently, this dish is very good for those with intestinal problems and bloating discomfort.

The soup’s broth is usually made from beef backbones with nutritious ingredients, such as jujubes, ginseng, mushrooms, pine nuts and ginko nuts. The soup is then boiled for more than 20 hours, allowing all the flavours from the ingredients to infuse into the soup. Today, this nutritious dish is loved by locals as well as visitors all over.

4. Masan agujjim – South Gyeongsang

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This local delicacy that came from Masan was an unexpected dish that was created in a hurry. Made from anglerfish, it is said that a long time ago, a starving fisherman went to a pub asking the owner to cook the anglerfish he had caught. Disgusted at how ugly the fish looked like, she threw it away. However, a traveller came in late one night and wanted something to eat. The owner had run out of food to serve, and in desperation, she managed to find the anglerfish and decided to cook it with chilli, bean paste, garlic, vegetables, scallions, and whatever she could find in the fridge. The dish turned out to be delicious and became Masan’s delicacy that is now a favourite all over Korea.

5. Yukhoe bibimbap – South Gyeongsang

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Originating from Jinju, Yukhoe bibimbap is a rice dish topped with a combination of raw beef, assorted vegetables, and sesame oil. This dish came about during the war when Japan invaded Korea. There was no time for the soldiers to eat, yet they needed the nutrients of a good meal to keep them strong. Hence, their families invented the Yukhoe bibimbap which contains all the ingredient for a hearty meal fit for soldiers. Today, this popular dish is served not only with raw beef, but also dried mussels, octopus, mung bean jelly, and seasoned with herbs seaweed, and the famous Korean red chilli paste.

6. Al-bap – South Gyeongsang

Crab meat al-bap

Crab meat al-bap

Al-bap is a special bibimbap dish in Busan, made from fish roe served with a generous amount of rich, smooth cream sauce. One of the must-try al-bap is the crab meat al-bap from Ji & Tobico restaurant. This speciality dish consists of pieces of sweet and tender crab meat, with fresh fish roe, raw Chinese cabbage, served together with a smooth and delicious creamy sauce. Another fabulous al-bap here is the popular shrimp al-bap, or krim-sae-woo-al-bap, served with a rich and creamy egg base sauce.

Shrimp meat al-bap

Shrimp meat al-bap

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Gyeongsang

 

1. Hahoe Folk Village

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The Hahoe Folk Village is the birthplace of some of Korea’s most renowned scholars, such as Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, and Gyeomam Ryu Un-ryong, during the Joseon Dynasty era. Home to the Ryu and Pungsan clan, this village is located at the foothills of Hwasan Mountain, and is famous for its traditional Korean houses. In April 1999, it became even more well-known when Queen Elizabeth paid a visit.

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The Nakdong River which flows through the border of the village’s township is how Hahoe Village got its name as it literally means “Village Enveloped by Water”. It is a beautiful village offering amazing scenic views of the graceful Nakdong River, the majestic cliffs of Buyongdae, mesmerising sandy beaches, as well as lush pine tree forest. To get the best view of this this ancient village you will need to take the boat up to Buyongdae Cliff.

A quaint little shop in Hahoe Folk Village

A quaint little shop in Hahoe Folk Village

The Nakdong River, which flows through the border of the village’s township, is how Hahoe Village got its name, as it literally means ‘Village Enveloped by Water’. It is a beautiful village, offering amazing scenic views of the graceful Nakdong River, the majestic cliffs of Buyongdae, mesmerising sandy beaches, as well as lush pine tree forests. To get the best view of this this ancient village you will need to take the boat up to Buyongdae Cliff.

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The Ryu clan’s unique architectural charm is represented through the large tile-roofed houses, located in the centre of the village, while Hahoe Village has local delicacies, such as heothesabap (their version of bibimbap), andong gangodeungeo (salted mackerel), andong guksu (a type of noodle dish), and andong soju (a home-brewed distilled alcoholic beverage).

When in Hahoe, don’t forget to sample their local delicacies such as gangodeungeo, a salted mackerel dish

When in Hahoe, don’t forget to sample their local delicacies such as gangodeungeo, a salted mackerel dish

There are also other wonderful attractions to explore in this village, such as the Gyemyeongsan Mountain Recreational Forest, the Bongjeongsa Temple that was built during the Kingdom of Silla, Gosan Seowon (Confucian Academy), Waryongsan Mountain, and Hakgasan Mountain Recreational Forest. Festivals such as the Andong Mask Dance Festival are held here yearly in the autumn.

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On 31st July 2010, Hahoe Village, together with Yangdong Village in Gyeongju, were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage sites under the category of ‘Historic Villages in Korea’.

 

How to Get There

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Take the Bus No. 46 from Andong Bus Terminal to Hahoe Village. Bus No. 46 runs 10 times a day 6:20 am – 4:20 pm.

Address: 40, Jongga-gil, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 or +82 54 854 3669, +82 54 852 3588, +82 54 840 6974 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Opening Hours: 9 am – 7 pm (summer) ; 9 am – 6 pm (winter)
Entrance Fee: Adults (ages 13-18): 3,000 won / Group: 2,500 won ; Teenagers: 1,500 won / Group: 1,200 won ; Children: 1,000 won / Group: 900 won
Note: Free admission for seniors (65 and above)
Website: www.hahoe.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There a few Accommodation near the Hahoe Folk Village, ranging from traditional Korean style guest houses to the more modern motels. We recommend you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

1. Ongyejongtaek
Address: 20, Onhyejungma-gil, Dosan-myeon, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 888 950 5062
Website: https://www.hotels.com/hotel/details.html?pa=1&tab=description&hotel-id=625378&q-room-0-adults=2&ZSX=0&SYE=3&q-room-0-children=0

2. Andong Richell
Address: 346-69 Gwangwangdanji-ro, Andong, North Gyeongsang
Phone: +82 888 950 5062
Website: https://www.hotels.com/hotel/details.html?pa=2&tab=description&hotel-id=507703&q-room-0-adults=2&ZSX=0&SYE=3&q-room-0-children=0

 

2. Dosan Seowon

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The natural beauty surrounding the traditional architecture of Dosan Seowon, a Confucian academy, is simply breath-taking. This academy was built in 1574 to honour a highly respected Confucian master and scholar named Yi Hwang, also known as Toegye. Although it is no longer an academy, it was a highly respected place of study during the Joseon Dynasty, and was restored in the 70s.

As you walk into the complex past the beautiful flower gardens, you will come across two libraries with name plaques that was said to be carved by Master Yi Hwang himself. These libraries were built on stilts to prevent humidity, which preserved the structure until today. Besides that, there are also living quarters, a lecture hall, and a shrine dedicated to Yi Hwang, but this is usually closed off to visitors. There is also an exhibition hall presenting the master’s life and achievements in great detail. A unique item found in this hall is an astrolabe, used to measure the movements of celestial beings.

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It is a lovely place to visit and walk around, especially during the autumn, where its maple trees are in shades of flaming red. Definitely a fantastic location for photography.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Andong Station, and then walk for about 150 metres to the Kyobo Life Insurance Bus Stop. Get on Bus No. 67 to Dosanseowon Confucian Academy.

Alternatively, you can take Bus No. 1 from Andong Bus Terminal, and get down at the Kyobo Life Insurance Bus Stop. Then get on Bus No. 67 to Dosanseowon Confucian Academy.

Note: Bus No. 67 departs from Kyobo Life Insurance at: 9:40 am, 10:50 am, 1:10 pm, 1:50pm, and 4:10pm

Address: 154, Dosanseowon-gil, Dosan-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) or +82 54 840 6599
Entrance Fee: Adults- 1,500 won / Group: 1,300 won ; Youths, Military & Police officers- 700 won / Group: 600 won ; Children- 600 won / Group: 500 won
Note: Group is 30 or more people
Opening Hours: 9 am- 6 pm (summer) & 9 am – 5 pm (winter)
Website: www.dosanseowon.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

Instead of hotels, you have homestays here in Dosan Seowon and it all depends on your requirements and budget. Below are two suggestions based on good reviews. However, it is recommended that you do further research to find the right Accommodation to suit your needs and budget.

1. Spiritual culture capital, Andong
Address: Waryong-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/swh1zg

2. TempleStay (White Lotus)
Address: Jebiwon-ro, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/Da4QqS

 

3. Tripitaka Koreana at Haeinsa Temple

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Tripitaka Koreana is the complete collection of Buddhist canon consisting of the discourses and sutras teachings of Lord Buddha, carved in ancient wooden printing blocks. It took 16 years to carve these sacred texts, and it does not contain a single word of error among the tens of thousands of wooden block pages.

Carved in the late 11th century, it was believed that these scriptures that invoked upon the Buddha’s blessings could help change the karmic situation of the feudal war that Korea was experiencing at that time. Unfortunately, they were destroyed by a Mongol fire. What you see today is the second edition of the scriptures that was commissioned around 1236 to 1251. It was carved again with the same motivation, to prevent the invasion of hostile forces.

A monk (seong-an) showing a wooden block of the Tripitaka Koreana

A monk (seong-an) showing a wooden block of the Tripitaka Koreana

In total there are 81,258 wooden print blocks, with 52,382,960 flawless characters, completing the collection of Buddha’s doctrine. Later in 1398, the Tripitaka was transferred to Haeinsa Temple, and ever since then, it has been housed safely in four separate buildings of the temple, withstanding the test of time. They have also been treated to prevent further decay. The Tripitaka Koreana is listed as the 32nd National Treasure of Korea, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Every year Haeinsa Temple would organise the Tripitaka Koreana Festival also known as “Wooden Print Cultural Festival”. In this picture, participants are carrying the Tripitaka Koreana in a parade from Gangwha Island to Haeinsa Temple.

Every year Haeinsa Temple would organise the Tripitaka Koreana Festival also known as “Wooden Print Cultural Festival”. In this picture, participants are carrying the Tripitaka Koreana in a parade from Gangwha Island to Haeinsa Temple.

Haeinsa Abbot Hyungeung said, “This festival, recognized by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, is the nation’s only event involving UNESCO-designated Tripitaka Koreana.” He highlighted, “This festival will pave the way for Koreans succeeding the real aspect of Korean tradition and enjoying cultural life with constant self-awareness”. Photo Credit: Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana Organizing Committee

Haeinsa Abbot Hyungeung said, “This festival, recognized by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, is the nation’s only event involving UNESCO-designated Tripitaka Koreana.” He highlighted, “This festival will pave the way for Koreans succeeding the real aspect of Korean tradition and enjoying cultural life with constant self-awareness”. Photo Credit: Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana Organizing Committee

 

How to Get There

Take the subway from Deagu Seobu Terminal – Seongdangmot Station, Line 1 and get off at Exit 3. Then hop on to the intercity bus that takes you to Haeinsa Temple. The estimated travel time is about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Note: Bus is scheduled at every 40-minute intervals

Address: 122, Haeinsa-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Entrance Fee: Adults (age 19 & above): 3,000 won / Group: 2,500 won ; Youths (age 13-18): 1,500 won / Group: 1,000 won ; Children (age 7-12): 700 won / Group: 500 won
Note: Group is 30 or more number of people
Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 6 pm (summer) & 8:30 am -5 pm (winter)
Website: http://i80000.or.kr/english/index.html

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation near and around Haeinsa Temple ranging from simple hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are just two examples, so we recommend you do further research to find the right accommodations for you.

1. Haeinsa Tourist Hotel
Address: 13-45, Chiin 1-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: +82 55 933 2000
Website: www.해인사관광호텔.com (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=349643

2. Gayasan National Tourist Hotel
Address: 52, Gayasansingmurwon-gil, Suryun-myeon, Seongju-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-54-931-3500 (Korean, English)
Website: www.gayasanhotel.co.kr (Korean only) http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=351822

 

4. Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb)

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Visiting a tomb can be creepy, but not these historical tombs in the Gyeongju area. These huge ancient tombs are of the Korean’s kings and noblemen from the Silla era. In the 70s, when the area was being excavated, a painting of a mounted horse that originated from the Silla Kingdom was uncovered, revealing the existence of the tombs.

Located at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb), there are 25 large tombs. Visitors are allowed to go inside the tombs to have a look. When inside, you will discover 11,526 remains and royal crowns that show the kind of wealth the kings had at that time.

6th century old Silla Dynasty crown on display inside Daereungwon Tomb Complex. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

6th century old Silla Dynasty crown on display inside Daereungwon Tomb Complex. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

The Hwangnamdaechong tomb is biggest tomb here, and in it lies the bodies of both the king and the queen of that time. Besides that, it houses over 30,000 relics and gold accessories that belonged to them. The queen’s tomb has the most luxurious accessories.

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How to Get There

By Train
Take an Express KTX train from Seoul Station to Singyeongju station.
The Express KTX line runs 20 times a day. Travelling time is about 2 hours.

Note: Operating hours are subject to change in the weekend. Please check their schedule before travelling.

You can also take the train from Seoul Station to Gyeongju Station. The Express KTX Mugunghwa Line runs 18 times a day. It stops at Dongdaegu Station, and travelling time is 3 hours.

By Bus
Take the intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal that is bound for the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal. Buses run regularly 25 times a day, and travelling time is 4 hours.

Below are contact numbers for several bus terminal/services:

  • Dong Seoul Bus Terminal: +82 1688 5979
  • Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal Service Center: +82 1666 5599 / Office: +82 54 772 2377
  • Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal +82 54 772 2377
  • Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal +82 54 741 4000
  • Korail Customer Service: +82 1544 7788 / English: +82 1599 7777

If you are planning to take the bus from Gyeongju to Cheonmachong Tomb, you can take if from Singyeongju Bus Station. Get on Bus No. 60, 61, or 700 and get down at Geumseong Sageori Bus Stop. Walk back towards the 4-way intersection and turn right.

If you are getting down from the Gyeongju Bus Terminal, walk straight and away from the river for about 700m, roughly about 12 minutes to the site. If you are getting down from Gyeongju Train Station, take Bus No. 40 and get down at the Cheonmachong Back Gate Bus Stop.

Address: 9, Gyerim-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) / +82 54 779 8796 / +82 54 743 1925
Entrance Fee: Adults (age 19-64): 2,000 won / Group: 1,600 won ; Teenagers (age 18 & below): 1,200 won / Group: 1,000 won ; Children (age 7-12): 600 won / Group: 500 won
Note: Groups consist of 30 or more people

Day Pass

Entry to 6 sites: Daereungwon Ancient Tomb + Poseokjeong Pavilion Site + Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond), Tomb of Kim Yu-sin, Tomb of King Muyeol, Five Royal Tombs,
Adults: 8,000 won / Group: 6,400 won
Teenagers: 4,800 won / Group: 4,000 won
Children: 2,800 won / Group: 2,200 won

Entry to 2 sites: Daereungwon Ancient Tomb + Donggung Palace + Wolji Pond
Adults: 4,000 won / Group: 3,200 won
Teenagers: 2,400 won / Group: 2,000 won
Children: 1,200 won / Group: 1,000 won
Note: Tickets are available at Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond (Anapji Pond), Poseokjeong Pavilion Site, Five Royal Tombs, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin, Tomb of King Muyeol. Tickets purchased are valid for 3 days and non-refundable after visiting one site. Regardless of the number of people in a group, the tickets issued can be just one ticket.

Opening Hours: 9 am -10 pm
Website: gyeongju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
www.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are several of accommodation near Daereungwon Tomb Complex. Below are two suggestions. It is recommended that you do further research to find the right accommodation to fit your needs and budget.

1. Gyeongju Guesthouse Yeohaenggil
Address: 91, Wonhyo-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 745 0114
Website: http://gj-tour.com/ OR https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1965754

2. 141 Mini Hotel
Address: 141, Wonhyo-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 742 8502
Website: www.141minihotel.com (Korean) OR https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2024006

 

5. Bulguksa Temple

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Bulguksa Temple was built in 528, during the reign of King Beop-Heung (514-540) of the Kingdom of Silla. Originally, it was known as ‘Beopryusa Temple’ or ‘Hwaeom Bulguksa Temple’ and was reconstructed by Kim Dae-Seong (700-774) in 751. The reconstruction was completed in 774, and the temple was renamed to Bulguksa. Today the temple’s stone relics are representations of the Gyeongju relics, and in 1995 it was recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Asset.

Dabotap Pagoda

Dabotap Pagoda

The Bulguksa Temple has suffered through a lot of serious damage. It was burned down during the Japanese invasion, and was even robbed at one time. The temple has gone through numerous renovations. During the reign of King Seon-jo (Joseon Dynasty) in the early 1800s alone it was repaired 40 times. Later on in 1969, the Bulguksa Temple Restoration Committee was established, and all areas that were either old, broken, or demolished were repaired and rebuilt from 1973 onwards.

Today the beautiful Bulguksa Temple, with its artistic stone structures, attracts visitors from all over the world. It is home to several significant cultural treasures such as Seokgatap Pagoda, Dabotap Pagoda, Cheongun-gyo and Baegun-gyo Bridges, Yeonhwa-gyo and Chilbo-gyo Bridges, the Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure, the Golden Seated Amita Figure, Saritap Pagoda and Seokguram Grotto.

The Golden Amita statue inside Bulguksa Temple

The Golden Amita statue inside Bulguksa Temple

Seokguram Temple is an artificial granite stone temple located on top of a hill in Bulguksa

Seokguram Temple is an artificial granite stone temple located on top of a hill in Bulguksa

After climbing a few flights of stairs, you will reach Seokguram Grotto housing a 3.3 metres Bonjon Buddha statue, Bodhisattvas and the relief of 10 disciples of Lord Buddha. The grotto shows off the highly skilled and creative craftsmanship of the people from Silla Dynasty.

After climbing a few flights of stairs, you will reach Seokguram Grotto housing a 3.3 metres Bonjon Buddha statue, Bodhisattvas and the relief of 10 disciples of Lord Buddha. The grotto shows off the highly skilled and creative craftsmanship of the people from Silla Dynasty.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Gyeongju Train Station that goes along Hwarang-ro Street, and then switch to Bus No. 10 or 11 from the bus stop in front of the post office. Get down at Bulguksa Temple Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour.

Address: 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / +82 54 746 9913 / +82 54 746 0983
Entrance Fee: Adults (19 & above): 5,000 won ; Teenagers (age 13-18): 3,500 won / Group: 3,000 won ; Children (age 7-12): 2,500 won / Group: 2,000 won ; Children (age 7 & below): Free (less than 10 children) / Group (over 10 children): 1,500 won
Note: Group would consist 20 or more people. Entrance is Free for seniors (65 and above), people with disabilities (Level 1-6, including one companion for those with disability level 1-3.
Opening Hours: 7 am – 6 pm (Mar-Sep) ; 7 am – 5:30 pm (Oct) ; 7:30 am – 5 pm (Nov-Jan) ; 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (Feb)
Website: www.bulguksa.or.kr (Korean only) or www.bulguksa.org (Korean only)

 

Accommodation

Below are two recommended hotels near Bulguksa Temple. However, there are many other hotels ranging from five-star accommodations to the more budget hotels. We recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs.

1. Puloonsan Youthtel
Address: 611-120, Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 746 1811
Website: www.puloonsan.com (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=1882560

2. Ragung (Millennium Palace Resort & Spa)
Address: 55-12, Expo-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 778 2100 (Korean)
Website: www.smpark.co.kr (English)

 

6. Golgulsa Temple (Gyeongju)

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Built in the 6th century by a saint named Gwang Yoo with some accompanying monks, Golgulsa Temple is the only cave temple found in South Korea. Located at the foot of Mt. Hamwol, the temple was built from solid rock, and its design was based on the Indian architecture.

Four metre Maya Tathagata Buddha

Four metre Maya Tathagata Buddha

A sculpture of the Buddha known as Maya Tathagata Buddha can be seen at the top section of the temple, while its surroundings consist of twelve rock caves, of which seven are still standing today. Gwaneum Cave is the biggest, and these caves with Buddha shrines are sacred places of worship for devotees.

The Maya Tathagata Buddha and the Gwaneum Cave is a main attraction for visitors. The Buddha sculpture stands at 4 metres tall, showing off the artistry from the time of the Silla Kingdom. A glass ceiling has been built in the Gwaneum Cave to protect the precious sculpture from the elements.

Inside Gwaneum Cave, you will find a statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, also known as Kuan Yin in Chinese, who is the Buddha of Compassion.

One of the many cave shrines in Gwaneum Cave

One of the many cave shrines in Gwaneum Cave

The Buddhist Goddess of Mercy inside Gwaneum Cave with 108 smaller version of the Goddess all around the shrine

The Buddhist Goddess of Mercy inside Gwaneum Cave with 108 smaller version of the Goddess all around the shrine

Unlike most traditional temples, getting around Golgulsa can be quite adventurous. To see the Maya Tathagata Buddha you will need to climb a fair bit and hang on to safety ropes, which is an added thrill for rock climbers.

Golgulsa Temple also offers Templestay programs for visitors who wish to experience a Buddhist life. To find out more go on to their official website stated below.

Golgulsa Temple also offers Templestay programs for visitors who wish to experience a Buddhist life. To find out more go on to their official website stated below.

 

How to Get There

You can get to Golgulsa Temple by bus from Gyeongju Station or Gyeongju Bus Terminal. Take the Bus No. 100 or 150 to Andong three-way junction, and from there, walk for about 15 minutes and you will reach the temple. The journey will take about an hour. You can also choose to take a taxi, but it will probably cost more, and the travelling time is about 50 minutes.

Address: 101-5, Girim-ro, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si,
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / +82 54 744 1689 / +82 54 745 0246 / +82 54 775 1689
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open All Year
Website: golgulsa.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Templestay: www.templestay.com/ Phone Inquiry: +82 54 775 1689

 

Accommodation

1. Gyeongju JY Pension
Address: 232-4, Chuwon-gil, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang
Phone: +82 888 950 5062
Website: https://www.hotels.com/ho389065/gyeongju-jy-pension-gyeongju-south-korea/

2. Arisu Gyeongju
Address: 207, Yeongbul-ro, Gyeongju, 38127
Phone: +82 888 950 5062
Website: https://www.hotels.com/ho557259/arisu-gyeongju-gyeongju-south-korea/

 

7. Girimsa Temple

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Girimsa Temple is second biggest Buddhist temple after Bulguksa in Gyeongju. Built on the slopes of Mount Hamwolsan in Yangbuk-myeon, it was constructed during the reign of the Silla Kingdom and has 16 buildings.

It is said that a sage monk by the name of Gwang-yu came from India and built this temple, originally known as ‘Imjeongsa’. Later on, the temple went through a huge restoration led by a monk name Wonhyo, and it was then the temple’s name was changed to ‘Girimsa’.

Inside Daejeokgwangjeon main prayer hall is a shrine to Birojanabul Buddha or Buddha Vairochana

Inside Daejeokgwangjeon main prayer hall is a shrine to Birojanabul Buddha or Buddha Vairochana

There are two main areas in Girimsa Temple. One is the area around Daejeokgwangjeon Hall, which enshrines the Birojanabul Buddha or Buddha Vairochana. The second area is located around the magnificent Bodhi tree which is said to be 500 years old. The area consists of the Seongbo Museum, Mangbujeon, Samsingak, Gwaneumjeon halls, and a wooden pagoda.

Girimsa Temple is well known for its Ojongsu, which is a special type of water that has five different significant tastes. Gamrosu water is excellent for tea making; janggunsu is said to help strengthen the body; hwajeongsu is comforting; myeongansu can give clear vision to the drinker, and; otaksu, which is believed to attract birds due to its lively glistening water.

Statue of local guardian deities can be seen around the temple ground

Statue of local guardian deities can be seen around the temple ground

Japanese soldiers blocked off the source of janggunsu water (water of a general) during the colonisation of the Japanese in Korea. Apparently the Japanese were afraid that this special water would give the Koreans strength to overthrow their occupiers and take back their country. Hence, today, except for the water coming from janggunsu, others continue to flow from their natural source.

Twelve famous grottos can be discovered on the way to Girimsa temple. One of it is called Golgulsa which used to be a monastery. Today it is Korea’s centre for Seonmudo practice, a Korean Buddhist martial art.

Golgulsa is Korea’s centre for Seonmudo practice, a Korean Buddhist martial art

Golgulsa is Korea’s centre for Seonmudo practice, a Korean Buddhist martial art

On top of all that, a number of treasured cultural assets can be found around Girimsa Temple:

  • Sojo Birojana Samjonbul (Treasure No. 958)
  • Daejeokgwangjeon Hall (Treasure No. 833)
  • Sutras kept inside the Vairocana Buddha of Girimsa (Treasure No. 959)
  • Lacquered Seated Mercy Bodhisattva of Girimsa Temple (Treasure No. 415)

 

How to Get There

Take the bus from Dong Seoul Terminal to Gyeongju Bus Terminal. Besides that, you can also take the city Bus No. 100 or 150, which goes to Yangnam or Gampo, and get down near Yangbuk-myeon Eoil-ri.

Alternatively, you can hire a taxi straight to the temple for about 6,000 won.

 

Accommodation

There are a few accommodation near Girimsa Temple. Below are two examples, but it would be best to do more research on your own to choose one that suits your requirements.

1. Puloonsan Youthtel

Address: 611-120, Jinhyeon-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 746 1811
Website: www.puloonsan.com (Korean) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=1882560

2. Sajo Resort Gyeongju

Address: 223, Yeongbul-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 745 6050/8 (Korean)
Website: www.sajoresort.co.kr (Korean, English) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=349755

 

8. Ulleungdo Island

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Ulleungdo Island is a stunning, unspoilt island-city that is located in the East Sea, north of Gyeongsang. The island stretches out 10km from east to west, with lush green trees, beautiful foliage, and majestic mountains offering visitors a refreshing escape from the bustling city life.

Being volcanic in origin, the island’s rich, nutritious soil produces an amazing array of floral beauty, especially during spring. Ulleungdo Island is sometimes referred to as Mini-Jeju, but unlike Jeju, it is not as commercialised and heavily populated with tourists. Though it is increasingly popular with the Korean visitors, being isolated has helped the island preserve its natural beauty.

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There is plenty to do on Ulleungdo. The scenic island offers visitors breathtaking hiking spots. Have fun swimming in the emerald green waters in summer, fishing and sampling the island’s fresh seafood. There are also boats that take you on a sightseeing tour around the island, allowing you to soak in its breath-taking landscapes. Boats that depart from the harbour at Dodong will take you to all the interesting spots along its coastline. Other picturesque locations include Seonginbong Mountain, which is 3,228 feet high, the Bongnae waterfall, and spectacular coastal cliffs overlooking the stunning Liancourt Rocks from a distance.

Dodong - the administration centre of Ulleungdo is the biggest city on the island

Dodong – the administration centre of Ulleungdo is the biggest city on the island

 

How to Get There

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There is no other way to get to Dokdo except by taking the ferry. Ferries embark once or twice a day, but are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Below is a list of terminals where you can catch the ferry from:

Pohang Pohang – Ulleungdo/ Pohang Ferry Terminal
Phone: +82 54 242 5111 (Korean)

Mukho – Ulleungdo/ Mukho Ferry Terminal
Phone: +82 33 531 5891 (Korean)

Note: Ferry schedule is subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions. We recommend that you make an advanced booking especially during the peak season in summer.For more information, go to http://www.ulleung.go.kr/ko/main.htm (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese)

Address: 236, Taeha-gil, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / +82 54 790 6454 / +82 54 791 6629
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: www.ulleung.go.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are no luxurious hotels here in Ulleungdo Island as it is not your typical commercialised island. However, you can still find decent and affordable accommodation. It is best that you further research to find what suits you. Here are two suggestions.

1. Ulleung Marina Tourist Hotel
Address: 44-28, Sadong 2(i)-gil, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-54-791-0020, +82-70-8787-8042
Website: www.ullungmarina.co.kr (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=349639

2. Ulleungdo Family Hotel
Address: 8-6, Dodong 2-gil, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82 54 791 2078
Website: ufamilyhotel.com (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=351194

 

9. Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

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This is the final resting place of Korea’s 30th ruler, King Munmu (661 – 681 A.D.). Munmu unified the Korean peninsula with the goal to protect and prevent Korea from Japanese invasions. Legend has it that even as he was dying, he was still very concerned for his country, and on his deathbed he instructed that his ashes were to be scattered on the rocky islet in Bonggil-ri.

The King wished and believed that he would be reborn as a sea dragon to protect his country’s coastline. Measuring around 200 metres in circumference, the islet has a cross-shaped waterway that forms a pool right in the middle of it. At the bottom of this pool is a granite rock, about 3.6 metres in length, 9 metres in width, and 0.9 metres thick. It is said that the King Munmu’s remains are buried under this rock, and there are still debates amongst historians on whether the King’s ashes were scattered or kept in an urn that was placed under the granite.

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About 1km inland are two huge stone pagodas that mark the spot where Gameunsa temple used to be. The temple was built by Prince Sinmun, King Munmu’s son, who wanted to give his dragon father a place inland to retreat.

The islet is a popular site among the Koreans who come here to pay respect to the King as well as enjoy its breath-taking surroundings and fresh seafood. If you are lucky, you may be able to witness some shamanistic ceremonies held occasionally to honour and give thanks to the local sea Gods.

 

How to Get There

Take the bus from Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, and hop on Bus No. 150. The journey is about 40 to 50 minutes to the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu.

Address: Bonggil-ri (middle of the sea), Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) / +82 54 772 3843
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: There are no specific opening hours for this place. It is open all year round every day.
Website: http://guide.gyeongju.go.kr/deploy/eng/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are not many hotels near the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu. For your reference, here are two nearest accommodation. We recommend you do further research to find a hotel that suits your needs and budget.

1. Mauna Ocean Resort
Address: 982 Dongnam-ro, Yangnam-myeon (San 140-1 Sindae-ri), Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/YyjkHd

2. The View Motel
Address: 277 Yangnam-ro, Yangnam-myeon, Gyeongju-si
Phone: +82 547 448 693
Website: http://www.chiangdao.com/hotels4/asiahotels/southkoreahotels/gyeongjusi
hotels/theviewmotel.htm

 

10. Beomeosa Temple

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Located on the edge of the famous Mount Geumjeongsan, Beomeosa Temple (Temple of Nirvana Fish) is one of the most well-known urban temples in the country. It is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in Cheongnyong-dong. The temple was built by a monk name Ui Sang about 1,300 years ago, in the 18th year during the reign of King Munmu.

Beomeosa Temple or Temple of Nirvana Fish

Beomeosa Temple or Temple of Nirvana Fish

According to the Korean geography book called ‘Donggukyeojiseungram’, Mount Geumjeongsan was named as such because there was a well on top of the mountain, and the water in that well was of the colour gold, and the fish in the well were gold too. As the fish from the well would ride colourful clouds down from the sky, the mountain was named Geumsaem (gold well), and the temple’s name translates into ‘fish from heaven’.

During the Japanese invasion known as the Imjinwaeran invasion in 1592, the Daeungjeon temple was burned down and left in ruins. It was only in 1713 that major renovations restored it to its glory which can still be seen today. The Daeungjeon temple here is considered one of the most finest and lavish architectures from the great Joseon Dynasty.

The main temple hall of Daeungjeon was restored in 1614 after the temple was burned down during the Japanese invasions

The main temple hall of Daeungjeon was restored in 1614 after the temple was burned down during the Japanese invasions

Other significant sites around Beomeosa Temple ground includes a 9th century three-story pagoda, Iljumun the One Pillar Gate, Cheonwangmun or Gate of the Four Heavenly Kings, Beomeosa Burimun or Gate of Non-Duality, and more. There are also eleven hermitages with interesting sculptures of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and local protecting deities around the temple compound.

The amazing landscape around Beomeosa Temple and Mount Geumjeongsan are popularly known as the ‘three extraordinary sites of Beomeosa Temple’ and ‘eight scenic wonders of Mount Geumjeongsan’. The three extraordinary sites consist of the rock peak behind Wonhyoam Hermitage, the legendary ‘golden well’ on top of Mount Geumjeongsan, and the two chicken shaped like rocks at Gyemyeongam Hermitage.

Iljumun is the first gate to the temple known as the "One-Pillar Gate". This is because when viewed from the side, it appears to be supported by only one pillar, symbolising the one true path of enlightenment.

Iljumun is the first gate to the temple known as the “One-Pillar Gate”. This is because when viewed from the side, it appears to be supported by only one pillar, symbolising the one true path of enlightenment.

Another gate called Burimun or “Gate of Non-Duality” built in 1699 is the last gate before one enters the main temple compound. It symbolises the gateway that connects our world with the Buddha’s world or pure land.

Another gate called Burimun or “Gate of Non-Duality” built in 1699 is the last gate before one enters the main temple compound. It symbolises the gateway that connects our world with the Buddha’s world or pure land.

The eight scenic wonders around the temple refer to the lush pine forest around Eosan Bridge located at the temple’s entrance, the soft murmuring of the mountain stream at Daeseongam Hermitage, the soothing rain during the night at Cheongnyeonam Hermitage, the magical moon light during autumn nights at Gyemyeongam Hermitage, the blissful gong of the temple’s bell heard from Naewonam Hermitage, the blast of colourful autumn foliage at Geumgangam Hermitage, the spectacular views of the sea from Uisang Peak, and the great clouds encircling Godang Peak, the summit of Mt. Geumjeongsan.

Seven-story stone pagoda at Beomeosa which contains a piece of fabric belonging to the Buddha. Four corners of the pagoda's base are guarded by stone sculptures of Four Heavenly Kings. Behind the pagoda is Beomeosa museum.

Seven-story stone pagoda at Beomeosa which contains a piece of fabric belonging to the Buddha. Four corners of the pagoda’s base are guarded by stone sculptures of Four Heavenly Kings. Behind the pagoda is Beomeosa museum.

Chungryunam or Blue Lotus Hermitage

Chungryunam or Blue Lotus Hermitage

Beomeosa Temple also offers visitors temple stays, which is a perfect chance for those who wish to do some meditation to truly experience the Buddhist way of life and soak up the peaceful energy of the area. To find out more log on to its official website below.

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How to Get There

Take the subway Line 1 from Beomeosa Station and get down at Exit 5 or 7. From there take a 5-minute walk along the main road to the Beomeosa bus stop, and hop on Bus No. 90. Your stop is at Beomeosa Ticket Office.

Another option is to take a taxi from the subway station straight to the Beomeosa Ticket Office, which is about 5-minutes away. For more information please visit its official website below.

Address: 546, Cheongryong-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan-si
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 / Temple Office: +82 51 508 3122 / Temple Stay: +82 51 508 5726 (Korean)
Entrance Fee: Adult: 1,000 won / Teenager: 700 won / Child: 500 won
Opening Hours: Open All Year 8:30 am – 5:30 am
Website: www.beomeosa.co.kr (Korean, English)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation available near Beomeosa Temple, below are two suggestions. However, we recommend that you do further research to choose an accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Nokcheon Hotel
Address: 96-10, Oncheon 1-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 553 1005 9 (Korean)
Website: www.nokcheonhotel.com (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=351768

2. Hotel Nongshim
Address: 23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 550 2100/3
Website: www.hotelnongshim.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

11. Haeinsa Temple

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Founded by two monks, Suneung and Ijung during the reign of King Ae-Jang (802), Haeinsa Temple is one of the Three Jewels of Korea representing the Buddha and Dharma teachings of Korea. The temple is enshrined with some 200 private treasures and 15 public treasures. Due to its many cultural assets and historical relics, Haeinsa was recognised as a universal cultural heritage site in December 1995.

Haeinsa’s Temple of Reflection is one of the main Chogye Buddhist temples in South Korea that is home to the sacred Tripitaka Koreana since 1398

Haeinsa’s Temple of Reflection is one of the main Chogye Buddhist temples in South Korea that is home to the sacred Tripitaka Koreana since 1398

Located in the Gaya Mountains, south of Gyeongsang Province, Haeinsa is well-known for being the home of the precious Tripitaka Koreana. The Tripitaka Koreana, which consists of 81,340 wooden blocks and 6,791 volumes of the Buddha’s doctrine, were the culmination of the king and his people’s effort to protect Korea and repulse the Mongolian army. Other treasures include the Iljumun and Daejeokgwangjeon.

Iljumun Gate represents the first gate or entry point for all Bodhisattvas to pass through on the path to achieving Buddhahood. The grand sanctuary Daejeokgwangjeon consists of a three-story stone pagoda which stands majestically in the courtyard of the one thousand-year-old temple.

A stone carved Buddha image at Haeinsa Temple ground

A stone carved Buddha image at Haeinsa Temple ground

The temple’s name ‘Haein’ originated from a Korean Buddhist Scripture, which was an expression ‘Haeinsammae’ from Hwaeomgyeong scriptures, meaning Buddha’s true enlightened world, in other words, Buddha’s pure land and His pure, unstained mind.

The Pool of Reflection

The Pool of Reflection

Haeinsa Temple offers visitors temple stays, and an opportunity to experience Buddhist culture and the peaceful life on a temple grounds, perfect for those who wish to engage in some personal retreats and meditation. To find out more log on to its official website below.

 

How to Get There

Take the Daegu Subway Line 1 from Deagu Seobu Terminal (Seongdangmot Station) and get off at Exit 3. Next, catch the intercity bus to Haeinsa Temple. Travelling time by bus is around 1 hour 30 minutes. Buses run every 40 minutes.

Address: 10 Chiin-ri, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Entrance Fee: Adults (age 19 & above): 3,000 won / Group: 2,500 won ; Youths (age 13-18): 1,500 won / Group: 1,000 won ; Children (age 7-12): 700 won / Group: 500 won
Note: Group consist of 30 or more number of people
Opening Hours: 8:30 am -6 pm (summer) and 8:30 am -5 pm (winter)
Website: www.haeinsa.or.kr (Korean)
Homestay: http://www.haeinsa.or.kr/home/bbs/board.php?bo_table=t_02

 

Accommodation

There are quite a few accommodation near Haeinsa Temple. Below are two nearby accommodations. However, it would still be good for you to do further research on the accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Haeinsa Tourist Hotel
Address: 13-45, Chiin 1-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: +82 55 933 2000
Website: www.해인사관광호텔.com (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=349643

2. Gayasan National Tourist Hotel
Address: 52, Gayasansingmurwon-gil, Suryun-myeon, Seongju-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-54-931-3500 (Korean, English)
Website: www.gayasanhotel.co.kr (Korean only) http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=351822

 

12. Hallyeohaesang National Park

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Hallyeohaesang National Park is set along Korea’s south coast sea, and consists of six districts: Sangju-Geumsan Mt. district, Sacheon district, Namhaedaegyo district, Tongyeong-Hansan district, Yeosu-Odongdo district and Geoje-Haegeumgang district. The National Park is a 545.63 square-kilometre area covering Bijindo Island, Haegeumgang and Dadohae Islets. Hallyeohaesang National Marine is the 4th national park in Korea, and has a 120km long marine ecosystem stretching from Geoje in the Gyeongsangnam-do province to Yeosu in the Jeollanam-do province.

Breathtaking Namhae sea view from Boriam Temple on Mount Geumsan

Breathtaking Namhae sea view from Boriam Temple on Mount Geumsan

Some sites for you to explore are the Namehae sea view, the scenery of Sejondo Island, the Ssangyonggul Cave, and the Pipe Organ Valley. The biggest beach on this national park is Sangju Beach with white silvery sand, surrounded by a fresh pine forest. Mount Geumsan peaks at 681 metres, and has 38 interesting historical and cultural heritage attractions.

Botanical garden in Oedo Island in Hallyeohaesang National Park

Botanical garden in Oedo Island in Hallyeohaesang National Park

Hallyeohaesang National Park’s amazing ecosystem consists of around 1,142 plant species which includes the Red pine, Serrata oak, common camellia, nadopungnan (Sedirea japonica), a rare plant species, and more. The national park is also home to otters, badgers, small-eared cats and 25 other species of mammals, 115 species of birds, 1,566 species of insects, 16 species of reptiles, and some 24 different species of freshwater fishes.

 

How to Get There

To get to Hallyeohaesang National Park, you can take a bus from Seoul’s Nambu Bus Terminal to Namehae. Daily buses operate between 7 am to 7:30 pm. The journey is around 4 hours 30 minutes. Once you are at Namhae Terminal, get on the bus that is heading to Bokgok and you should arrive at your destination in 20 minutes.

Address: Seobyeon-ri, Namhae-eup, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 55 1330 / +82 55 863 3521
Entrance Fee: There are many different rates and packages, it is recommended for you to check its official website below to see which package suits you best.
Opening Hours: Open All Year
Website: english.knps.or.kr (Korean, English) OR http://english.knps.or.kr/Knp/Hallyeohaesang/Intro/Introduction.aspx?MenuNum=1&Submenu=Npp

 

Accommodation

There are several different types of accommodation near Hallyeohaesang National Park from holiday homes, guest houses to hotels. Below are two examples. We recommend that you do further research to find the one that suits your plans, budget, and requirements.

1. Bluegrad Penison
Address: 1395, Seongu-ri, Nam-myeon, 668-863 Namhae
Phone: N/A
Website: https://www.hotels.com/ho618466/bluegrad-pension-namhae-south-korea/

2. Namhae Whale’s Dream
Address: 17-1, Bitdamchon-gil, Nam-myeon, Namhae
Phone: +81 92 271 5489
Website: https://hotelandplace.com/hotel/gorae-dream

 

13. Palgongsan Provincial Park

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Palgongsan Provincial Park is located 20 km to the north of Daegu with Mount Palgongsan peaking at 1,192 metres. Mount Palgongsan is known as the Mountain of the Eight Meritorious Officers because it was said that during the time of the Silla Kingdom, there were eight generals who saved the king of Goryeo, Wang-Geon.

Beautiful view of the lush green mountains from the temples at Palgongsan Provincial Park

Beautiful view of the lush green mountains from the temples at Palgongsan Provincial Park

Back in the days, Mount Palgongsan was considered a sacred mountain because its shape resembled Three Buddhas. Majestic granite formations crown the mountains’ higher peaks, while beautiful valleys and lush emerald forests create a spectacular landscape. The park offers visitors, especially hiking lovers, many scenic trails to explore.

30 metres tall standing Buddha built in 1992, at Donghwasa temple

30 metres tall standing Buddha built in 1992, at Donghwasa temple

When you are there be sure to check out the Grotto of the Three Buddhas and Ingaksa Temple located at Gunwi-gun. This lovely park showcases the rich spiritual culture of Korean Buddhists with several sacred sculptures of the Buddha such as the healing Medicine Buddha.

Hike up to about 850 metres above sea level and find a 1000-year old Buddha statue, believed to be Medicine Buddha. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Hike up to about 850 metres above sea level and find a 1000-year old Buddha statue, believed to be Medicine Buddha. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Dong Seoul Terminal to Gunwi which departs 6 times a day from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Travel time is around 3 hours and 30 minutes. Another option is to get the bus from Gunwi Bus Terminal to Mount Palgongsan which departs from 8:25 am to 7:10 pm.

For other alternatives and routes, please visit: http://www.gunwi.go.kr/eng/page.htm?mnu_siteid=eng&mnu_uid=653&

The best way to see Mount Palgongsan in fall is by Palgongsan Cable Car. For more information: http://www.palgongcablecar.com/English

The best way to see Mount Palgongsan in fall is by Palgongsan Cable Car. For more information: http://www.palgongcablecar.com/English

Address: Baekhak-ri, Sanseong-myeon & Maegok-ri, Hyoryeong-myeon & Namsan-ri, Bugye-myeon, Gunwi-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 / +82 53 602 5900/2 (Korean)
Entrance Fee: N/A
Opening Hours: Open All Year
Note: Please call to check before travelling.
Website: www.gbpalgong.go.kr (Korean) or www.gunwi.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There several types of accommodation near Palgongsan Provincial Par in Daegu you can choose depending on your budget. Hence, we recommend that you do further research on the types of Accommodation you prefer based on your requirements. Below are two examples.

1. Palgong Park Hotel
Address: 1121, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu
Phone: +82-53-985-0808
Website: www.palgongpark.co.kr (Korean only) or http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=349667

2. Palgong Emillia Hotel
Address: 1121, Palgongsan-ro, Dong-gu, 41007 Daegu
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/r5vAFy

 

14. Jangsado Sea Park

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Jangsado Sea Park is a small island about 400 metres wide, 1.9 kilometres in length with an area coverage of 390,131 square metres, located at Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang). Korean movie fans will notice that this is the location where some the popular Korean movies, such as ‘You Who Came from the Starts’, were filmed.

Jangsado Sea Park is famous for its beautiful camellia trees. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Jangsado Sea Park is famous for its beautiful camellia trees. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

The island is famous for its 100,000 camellia tresses that bloom from December to February, along with a variety of other flowers, such as the silver magnolia. The island is also home to the elegant fairy pitta birds which has become the island’s Natural Monument, along with the small white-eye birds.

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Having very minimal development, the island has managed to preserve its natural beauty with a few eco-friendly park houses showcasing artistic sculptures that blend harmoniously with nature. Bird lovers, nature lovers, photographers and selfie fans will definitely enjoy spending a day visiting the serenity of Jangsado Sea Park.

One of the observatory platforms on the island - Jangsado Sea Park Rainbow Bridge. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

One of the observatory platforms on the island – Jangsado Sea Park Rainbow Bridge. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

 

How to Get There

Take the local Bus No. 101 from Tongyeong Bus Terminal, which takes about 45 minutes to reach Tongyeong Excursion Ship Station. From there you will need to take the ferry to the island which costs 1,200 won. The journey is around 40 minutes.

Do take note that you only have 2 hours to go around the small island and see all the sites, as you will need to take the same ferry back to the city. There are no other options.

Address: 55, Jangsado-gil, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 / +82 55 633 0362
Entrance Fee: Adults: 10,000 won ; Military & Students (middle and high school students): 8,000 won / Group: 6,000 won ; Children (3 & above): 5,000 won / Group: 4,500 won ; Disabled: 5,000 won
Note: Groups are 30 or more people. Adults are not eligible for group discount. ID card/ proof of age is required for discounted entry.

Ottchil Art Museum Entrance Fee
Adults: 2,000 won
Teenagers & Children: 1,000 won
Opening Hours: 8 am – 7 pm (summer) / 8:30 am – 5 pm (winter)
Note: Final entry is 2 hours before closing
Website: http://www.jangsado.co.kr (Korean)

 

Accommodation

There are not many hotels in Jangsado Sea Park so be sure to do further research so you can find one nearest that suits your budget and requirements. Here are two suggestions.

1. Geoje Hawaii Condo Beach Hotel
Address: 60, Hakdong 6-gil, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: +82 55 635 7114
Website: www.hwhotel.com (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=1990038

2. Hotel Geumosan
Address: 400, Geumosan-ro, Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do 39309
Phone: +82 54 450 4000
Website: http://www.hotelgeumosan.com/ (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

 

15. Haeundae Beach

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The most famous beach in Busan, Haeundae Beach is covered with soft white sand that stretch for over 1.5 km, creating a gorgeous coastline. Its shallow bay makes it very attractive for swimmers and beach lovers.

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Every summer Haeundae Beach is packed with people from all over the world. If you are visiting the city of Busan in summer, this is definitely a place to check out. There are plenty of accommodations, from luxurious 5-star hotels to guesthouses all around the beach.

Besides the beach, there are many activities, cultural events, and festivals held throughout the year in this area. There are also other interesting places to visit around Haeundae Beach, such as Dongbaek Island, Busan Aquarium, BEXCO (Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre) and more.

 

How to Get There

Once you are in Busan, you just need to take the Subway Line 2 from Haeundae Station and get off at Exit 5 or 7. Then walk for about 500 metres to reach the beach.

Address: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 / +82 51 749 5700
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Close at 6pm from October to March)
Website: www.haeundae.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are so many places to stay in Haeundae Beach area, it all depends on your budget. It would be good for you to do your own research to see what would suit your budget and requirements best. Below are just two examples.

1. Haeundae Sunset Business Hotel
Address: 46, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 730 9900
Website: www.sunsethotel.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

2. Haeundae Grand Hotel
Address: 217, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Phone: + +82 51 740 0114
Website: www.grandhotel.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

16. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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Built along the shoreline on the north-eastern coast of Busan, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, is something of a rare find. A great Buddhist master named Naong built the Temple during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1376. The temple and its monuments have been strategically built facing the ocean. The monuments include the Haesu Gwaneum Daebul or Great Goddess Buddha, also known as Kuan Yin (Chinese)/Chenrezig (Tibetan). Other monuments include the Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum, as well as a three-story high pagoda with four lions overlooking the sea.

The beautiful stone sculpture of the Great Goddess Buddha or Kuan Yin in Chinese, overlooking the ocean in the protection mudra (hand gesture)

The beautiful stone sculpture of the Great Goddess Buddha or Kuan Yin in Chinese, overlooking the ocean in the protection mudra (hand gesture)

The main temple sanctuary was actually built in 1970 with great detail and attention to its colour scheme to match the traditionally Korean temples. On the right you will see a cave, and inside this cave you will discover a uniquely designed Buddhist shrine. Just outside the cave sanctuary stands a three-story high pagoda with four lions in front of it. The lions represent four emotions: love, anger, sadness, and happiness. Other interesting sites to explore are the stone lanterns that line across the rocky landscape, and the 108 stairs, which has a breathtaking view, especially during sunrise or sunset.

The Temple gets very busy especially during New Year’s Day, as many locals would come to offer prayers and wishes for the New Year. The best time to visit the temple is in April when you can see beautiful cherry blossoms all over the temple ground. This is also the month where Buddha’s birth (Wesak) is celebrated. The temple will decorate its surroundings with many lanterns, and at night when the lanterns are lit, the temple’s glow makes it a magical sight.

Unique stone mounds that look like stupas

Unique stone mounds that look like stupas

The beautiful scenery of Haedong Yonggungsa Temple illuminated with lanterns during the Lunar New Year

The beautiful scenery of Haedong Yonggungsa Temple illuminated with lanterns during the Lunar New Year

 

How to Get There

Take the Busan Subway Line 2 from Haeundae Station and get off at Exit 7. Alternatively, you can take Bus #181 and get down at the Yonggungsa Temple Bus Stop.

Address: 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82 2 1330 / +82 51 722 7744 / 7755
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 5 am till Sunset
Note: Yaksajeon Hall and Bangsaengteo Site is Open All Day
Website: yongkungsa.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many places to stay near Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan city ranging from luxurious 5-star to the more budget motels. Here are two examples but we recommend you do further research to find the one that suits your needs and budget.

1. Song Jung Hotel
Address: 28, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 702 7766
Website: www.songjunghotel.co.kr (Korean only)

2. Leum Guesthouse
Address: 55, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 742 9910
Website: www.gesthouse.net (Korean) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=2024428

 

17. Jirisan National Park

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Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Jirisan National Park is Korea’s first national park, and is also the largest national park, covering three provinces: Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollanam-do and Jeollabuk-do, four counties, one city, and fifteen myeon districts. Designated as a national park on December 29, 1967, Jirisan is home to a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation, including a large population of Asiatic Black Bear, which have been placed under its wildlife protection since it was spotted in 2002. Today, they continue to breed successfully in the area. Do not worry, they are not easily spotted, so it is unlikely for you to bump into one.

Jirisan National Park is home to the Asiatic Black Bear

Jirisan National Park is home to the Asiatic Black Bear

The majestic Mount Jirisan is over 1,000 metres high, making it South Korea’s highest peak on a mainland. Mountainous landscapes attract hikers from all around the world. Jirisan is South Korea’s only national park that provides overnight shelters for visitors. This makes it more convenient for hikers who wish to go on a few days of hiking and exploring.

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There are also many temples and shrines all across the mountain. One of the most popular trails is from a beautiful temple called Ssanggyesa, which is in the south of the park. You can enjoy its charms and surroundings, especially in the early mornings just before the sun comes up.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal which goes to Jinju. Then from Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal, take another bus that goes to Daewonsa Temple. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Jungsan-ri.

Address: 20-2, Jirisan-daero, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330, +82-55-972-7771/2, +82 61 780 7700, +82 63 630 8900

Entrance Fee:

Camping site
Jungsan-ri: Peak Season 7,000 won / Off Season 5,000 won
Somakgol: Peak Season 9,000 won / Off Season 7,000 won
Naewon Auto Camping Site: Peak Season 16,000 won / Off Season 13,000 won
Note: Electricity usage is paid separately

Shelter facility
Rotary, Seseok Shelter: Peak Season 8,000 won / Off Season 7,000 won
Chibanmok Shelter: 5,000 won
Note: Prices are for one day

Opening Hours: Open All Year
Website: english.knps.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There are not many accommodation in Jirisan National Park as the park itself offers shelters for hikers. However, these are recommended accommodation from the Korea Tourism Organization. It is recommended that you do further research.

1. Jirisan View Castle Pension
Address: 11-20, Jirisan-daero 511beon-gil, Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: +82 55 973 2250 / +82 11 9395 2907 (Korean)
Website: www.viewcastle.co.kr (Korean only) OR http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=1844194

2. Neutinamu Sanjang
Address: Gyeongsangnam-do Hamyang-gun Macheon-myeon Gangcheong-ri169-3
Phone: +82-55-962-5345 (Korean)
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=351192

 

18. Ssanggyesa Temple

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Ssanggyesa Temple and Hwaeomsa Temple are the two most popular temples located on the southern part of Mount Jirisan. Ssanggyesa Temple was built by Sambeob, a disciple of Uisang, one of the most eminent scholar-monks during the Silla era. During the Japanese invasion, the temple was burnt down, and later was restored by Imjinwaeran (1592-1598).

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The temple was originally called Okcheonsa Temple until a Buddhist Monk named Jingam changed it to Ssanggyesa Temple after he planted the seeds of tea plants that came from China around the temple. Late during the reign of King Heugdeok of the Silla era, Kim Daeryeom travelled to China, and when he returned, he brought with him seeds from tea trees. When the King found out, Kim was instructed to plant these tea tree seeds around Ssanggyesa Temple. Hence, the temple area was known as the first place to cultivate tea.

Cherry blossom trees in full bloom during spring, creating a 6 km path from the market place to Ssanggyesa Temple

Cherry blossom trees in full bloom during spring, creating a 6 km path from the market place to Ssanggyesa Temple

Spring is the best time to visit Ssanggyesa Temple, as it will be covered with a 6 km path of 600 years old cherry blossom trees in full bloom. A walk along this path is about 40-50 minutes that starts from the market place all the way to the temple. There is a Korean myth that unmarried couples who walk along the cherry blossom path called Hollaegil or wedding path, would eventually tie the knot.

A majestic Buddha image, Ssanggyesa Ma-aebul, with two Bodhisattvas by his side carved from a huge granite rock. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

A majestic Buddha image, Ssanggyesa Ma-aebul, with two Bodhisattvas by his side carved from a huge granite rock. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Walk to the east of the temple and you will find a majestic Buddha image, Ssanggyesa Ma-aebul, with two Bodhisattvas by his sides carved from a huge granite rock. Devotees would come her to make prayers and wishes.

Monks at Ssanggyesa Temple doing prayers

Monks at Ssanggyesa Temple doing prayers

 

How to Get There

To get to Jirisan Temple, take the intercity bus to Hwagae Bus Terminal. Then from Hwagae Bus Terminal, take a left and walk about 170 metres towards Seomjingang River.

If you are coming from Hwagae Samgeori, take a Gurye-Sinheung bus and get off at the Ssanggyesa Temple bus stop. The temple is about 150 metres from the bus stop.

Address: 59, Ssanggyesa-gil, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330, +82 55 883 1901/2, +82 55 883 7019
Entrance Fee: Adults (age 20-64): 2,500won / Group 2,200 won ; Youth (age12-19): Individual 1,000 / Group 800 won ; Children (age 7-12): Individual 500 won / Group 400 won
Note: Free Admission for Children age 7 and below or Seniors age 65 and above, and people with disabilities. A group is 30 or more people.
Website: www.ssanggyesa.net (Korean only)

 

Accommodation

Below are two suggested Accommodation near Ssanggyesa Temple. We recommend that you do your own research so that you can find lodgings that suit your needs and budget.

1. Swieoganeun Nugak
Address: 800, Hwagae-ro, Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: +82 55 884 0151 / +82 10 4194 0056 (Korean, Japanese)
Website: www.쉬어가는누각펜션.com

2. Cheonghakdong Myeongryundang Youth Hostel
Address: 2359-12, Cheonghak-ro, Cheongam-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Phone: +82 55 882 1892
Website: www.hakdang.com

 

19. Gamcheon Culture Village

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The vibrant little township of Gamcheon is sometimes called the Lego Village, Korea’s Machu Picchu, or Korea’s Santorini. Located in the city of Busan, the houses here are built in a staircase-fashion on the foothills of its mountain, painted in colourful shades of blue, yellow, pink, and green. When you look at the landscape of the village from a distance, they look like tiny blocks of Lego buildings.

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The best way to explore this village is by foot, which you can start to do so by heading down to the Haneul Maru Tourist Information Centre and Observatory, which is just a few blocks from the bus stop, grab a map, and start walking. The picturesque scenery is especially loved by photographers and social media fans.

Ssiathotteok, a must-try local delicacy

Ssiathotteok, a must-try local delicacy

The village’s many alleyways that cut through its residential areas will give you a glimpse of local life and the warm community of this village, with artsy street murals and creative sculptures drawn all around the village. There are also many art galleries, exhibitions and little museums to check out. Sample the city’s famous ssiathotteok, a local sweet delicacy which is a fried pastry with sugar, honey, nuts and sunflower seeds stuffing.

 

How to Get There

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To get to the village, you can take the Busan Subway Line 1 from Goejeong Station and get off at Exit 6. Then get on the local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1 which takes you to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop, where you will get off.

If you are taking the subway from Toseong Station, take the same Subway Line 1 and get off at Exit 6. Then get on the local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 which goes to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.

Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 / +82 51 291 1444
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: NIL
Website: www.gamcheon.or.kr (Korean)

 

Accommodation

There are many types of accommodation near Gamcheon Culture Village, ranging from 5-star hotels to more budgeted ones. We recommend you do further research to find the right accommodation for you. Below are two examples.

1. Global Inn Nampo-Dong Hotel
Address: 22, Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 231 2300
Website: www.globalinn.co.kr

2. Funstay Guesthouse
Address: 30, Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
Phone: +82 51 254 2203
Website: www.funstayguesthouse.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

20. Songnisan National Park

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Songnisan National Park is one of Korea’s most magnificent sites located in the middle of the Sobaeksanmaek Mountains, southwest of the Taebaeksanmaek Mountains. Songnisan National Park consists of the valleys of Hwayang, Songnisan Mountain, Seonyu, and Ssanggok. The sharp peaks of Mount Songnisan rising to the sky and the deep rocky valleys create an amazing contrast of texture. Because of this, Mount Songnisan is often known as Mount Sogeumgangsan, which literally means ‘a smaller version of Mount Geumgangsan’.

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Perhaps one of the most exciting things to see here is one of Korea’s largest temples – Beopjusa. Here you will discover a Maaeyeoraeuisang rock carving image of the Buddha sitting on a lotus, which the scholar-monk Uisang described as a kind of meditation posture, known as the lotus position. Over the years, the elements have damaged some parts of this image, but fortunately, we can still see its original beauty quite clearly.

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Visitors to the Beopjusa Temple will be able to behold Cheongdongmireukbul – the huge bronze Buddha statue, which is said to be the largest of its kind in Korea. With so many National Monuments, Beopjusa Temple is one of the best places to learn about the history of Buddhist civilisation in Korea.

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How to Get There

To get to Songnisan National Park you can take the intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Mount Songnisan Mt, which runs 12 times a day from7:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Alternatively, you can get to the park from Cheongju Intercity Bus Terminal, which has 26 buses a day that run from 6:50 am to 9:30 pm.

Address: Sangpan-ri, Songnisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82 2 1330 / +82 43 542 5267 (Songnisan National Park office) / +82 43 832 4347 (Hwayang-dong Annex) / +82 43 832 5550 (Ssanggok Waterfall Annex)

Entrance Fee:

Beopjusa Temple area
Adults: 4,000 won / Group: 3,700 won
Teenagers: 2,000 won / Group: 1,600 won
Children: 1,000 won / Group: 800 won
Note: Group is 30 or more people. Free admission for Seniors (65 and above). Facility fees are paid separately.

Camping sites
Adults: 1,600 won / Peak season: 2,000 won
Youths: 1,200 won / Peak season: 1,500 won
Children: 800 won / Peak season: 1,000 won
Note: Electricity fee is 2,000 won per day

Opening Hours: Open All Year
Website: english.knps.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There are several types of accommodation near Songnisan National Park ranging from budget hotels to luxurious ones. We recommend you do further research to find the right accommodations that suit your budget and requirements. Here are two examples.

1. Lake Hills Hotel Songnisan
Address: 198, Sanae 1-ri, Songnisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Phone: +82 43 542 5281/8
Website: www.lakehills.co.kr (Korean, English)

2. Songnisan Grand Hotel Condo
Address: 6-9 Sanae 4-gil Sokrisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Phone: +82-43-542-2500 (Korean)
Website: www.smgrand.com (Korean only)

 

Travel Books on Korea

Before you travel to Gyeongsang, it is best to read up or research online to help you plan your trip better and make the best out of your vacation. Here are two books recommended to help you make your holiday an enjoyable adventure.

 

1. Korea

Authors: Robert Koehler

Gyeongsang108

Released by the Korea Tourism Organization, this 752-page guidebook, available in English, provides useful tips and information for international travellers planning a trip to Korea. The guidebook contains about 1,000 photos, and is the largest and most comprehensive travel guidebook on Korea to be published.

The guidebook also includes a list of Korea’s Best 8 travel destinations by theme (tourist attractions, culture, nature, history, etc.), and a series of detailed travel itineraries of things to see, eat, and do while in Korea.

 

2. Lonely Planet Korea (Travel Guide)

Author: Simon Richmond, Megan Eaves, Trent Holden, Rebecca Milner, Phillip Tang, Rob Whyte

Gyeongsang109

Lonely Planet has been the most popular and trusted producer of travel guidebooks for just about every travel destination in the world, with constant updates from a vibrant travellers’ community, and made even more convenient with new digital products. The Lonely Planet Korea guidebook contains detailed itineraries and highlighted destinations, tips on how to save money and avoid crowds, reviews on hotels, and colour maps for locations such as yeongsangbuk-do, Sokcho, Samcheok, Chungju, Daejeon, Gongju, and Daegu.

 
Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongsang_dialect
  • http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Travel/view?articleId=119380
  • http://wikitravel.org/en/North_Gyeongsang
  • http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/guides/guide-to-south-korea-etiquette-customs-culture-business/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongsang_Province
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_modern_Korean_festivals
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_regional_cuisine
  • https://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/south-korea/gyeongsang/

 
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  1. Sofi on Oct 18, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Love this comprehensive article on Gyeongsang, Korea. There are so many beautiful places to visit and also to learn of its rich history. Due its four seasons, one is able to enjoy the difference that Mother Nature is able to offer, be it winter, spring, summer or autumn. Definitely an article to read if one is planning a trip to Korea.

  2. S.Prathap on Sep 24, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Gyeongsng is one of the the eight provinces in Korea and boasts huge mountain ranges,beautiful parks and amazing islands.Gyeongsang sounds like a very beautiful and spiritual pace for visit.It looks like more than just beautiful landscape with so many attractions to offer to local and tourist.Thank you very much for sharing beautiful article with us.

  3. Irene Lim on Nov 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful place in Korea. I certainly would love to visit the places of interest like the beautiful temples and see Tripitaka Koreana, an impressive piece of art. The pictures of food look so delicious. Autumn is so beautiful and the scenery of autumn is uncommon for us in Malaysia.

  4. Anne Ong on Aug 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Love this beautiful article on Gyeongsang. It’s wonderful history and beautiful places. The food looks very delicious and tempting. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this interesing article.

  5. wan wai meng on Aug 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    The Tripitaka Koreana is an impressive piece of work, so many volumes and it is unmistaken and without error. They also celebrate a festival whereby they parade the dharma text out for all to get a view of it. How wonderful the Koreans can show the holy texts to so many sentient beings.

    Then we also have very beautiful temples all over Korea, some very well taken care of and surrounded in nature.

  6. Stella Cheang on Aug 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this beautiful sharing of the beautiful state, Gyeongsang in South Korea. The Tripitaka Koreana at the Haeinsa Temple is fascinating, as it has a collection of 81,258 wooden blocks of carving of Buddhist canons consist of more than 52 million words without error. The original edition took 16 years to complete; I can barely imagine the monumental effort. Gyeongsang will certainly make a fascinating place to visit for me, because of the many enchanting ancient temples. My top choices would be Bulguksa Temple, built in the year 528, with a golden Amita Buddha statue. And also the Golgulsa Temple constructed in the 6th century, Girimsa Temple, Beomeosa Temple, Ssanggyesa Temple as well as Beopjusa Temple. Each displays a unique architecture characteristics and historical values.

  7. Samfoonheei on Aug 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Gyeongsang is a province of South Korea where Buddhist traditions of the Silla kingdom and the centre of Confucian philosophies meet.Its known as the land of mountains and majesty, folklore and heroes. this area is home to some of the most wonderful sights that Korea has to offer.
    With historic temples and grandiose park reserves, this region is the cultural epi-centre of the country and having preserved their rich culture and traditions where by they celebrate various art and festivities.From what i see and read Gyeongsang have a very rich and beautiful province to visit.With so many attractions to offer to locals and tourist.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful place .

  8. Fong on Aug 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    King Hyeokgeose being born from an egg reminds me of the legends of the protectors like Tsui Marpo who was born from the union of Lekpa and a female tsen. So, it is no wonder that the young King Hyeokgeose was appointed king at age thirteen.

    Gyeongsang sounds like a very beautiful and spiritual pace for a visit. It seems to be more than just beautiful landscape. Although most of the food noted in the article are not vegetarian, I would presume that it would not be difficult to find vegetarian food as it has so many Buddhist temples and is such a spiritual place

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    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:09 PM
    Looking at those pictures in the post tells us more, it is a final resting place of all Emperors, Empress, and so forth of the Qing dynasty. Amazing each tomb was constructed facing different direction. The imperial tomb of Emperor Kangxi, located in the Eastern Qing Tombs. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the mausoleum offers a more expansive view and now a place of pilgrimage for locals and tourist visiting these place full of historic views. The Eastern Qing Tombs are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are known to be the biggest and best preserved of all existing mausoleum complexes in China.
    Emperor Kangxi one of China’s greatest emperors was the third Emperor of the Qing dynasty. Having ruled China for 61 years that makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history . During his reign, he brought about long-term stability and relative wealth after years of war and chaos. Emperor Kangxi was a great consolidator of the Qing dynasty. Many Buddhist temples and monasteries were established, preserved or restored during his reign.
    Interesting read and looking at the pictures , one could see the beauty of this place.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this write-up of a GREAT Emperor.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-imperial-tomb-of-emperor-kangxi.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 31. 2021 04:08 PM
    The HH Tenth Panchen Lama, Panchen Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen, of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism was widely regarded as human emanations of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light. The 10th Panchen Lama is an extraordinarily fearless Tibetan who showed unwavering courage to work for the general cause of Tibet and its people he travelled extensively throughout Tibet working to preserve the Tibetan culture. He had propitiated Dorje Shugden and did composed a prayers texts which are still used today. Even have a special temple and chapel dedicated to the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. He had a strong feelings that Dorje Shugden has been working hard to protect the Buddhadharma in general and the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa specifically. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:53 PM
    Interesting reading all the misconception of tales, stories and mysteries . Many tends to believe the misconceptions without finding the details to understand it. They choose to believe the many misconceptions following cultural beliefs, rather looking at all corners from information. Most of us do not know about the truth behind it. At one time I do believed King Tut’s tomb had a curse declaring death on anyone who entered it . It is incorrect because based on my faulty thinking and reading it. Its only later with advance technology of laptops and after researched through it I realised the truth. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/misconceptions-we-want-to-believe.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 29. 2021 03:51 PM
    A placid, and tranquil place called Tsem Ladrang at Naranthan Nepal is simply the best location. Surrounded by nature’s beauty will be a perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Having beautiful hills and mountain behind the Ladrang, from the Ladrang one could watch sunset in the evenings. That’s wonderful indeed. I do hope I have the opportunity to visit this breath-taking panoramic Ladrang in future. Looking at those pictures tells us all the beautiful, outdoorsy Ladrang with great scenery.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and teachings on butterlamp offerings and the lighting of 1100 butterlamps as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthan-nepal.html
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    Interesting read of Tsem Rinpoche’s Torghut Ancestry’s history. Beautiful to know all about family biologically descended having related to Gelugpa lineage and as well as family line of Genghis Khan.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing

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    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:52 PM
    Everyone’s dream home is different. Buying a house is everyone’s dream simply because that is how we have been mentally and socially conditioned. All happiness moments start with family under the roof. Having simple and spacious house surrounding by greenery environment would be wonderful for me.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thoughts of a dream house.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-kind-of-architecture.html
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    Wednesday, Jul 28. 2021 02:50 PM
    Reading this inspiring story tells us more. … how our Guru Tsem Rinpoche through all the odds and struggles to be where he was. Without family and relative ‘s support he had gone through hardship. Rinpoche leaving a comfort zone to a place of hunger and poverty, just for Dharma. Travelling across half the globe from US to India to a new environment all alone just for the love of Dharma . Rinpoche was so determined to continue Dharma no matter what happened.
    To those who knew nothing of Kechara it will say it’s a cult but not me . Coming to Kechara, and meeting Rinpoche it has changed my life . Learning and practicing Dharma from Rinpoche ‘s blog had thought me to be a better person, and spending my life meaningfully. Still learning to improve myself .
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-joined-a-cult.html
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    Esquire is an American men’s magazine based in New York City , it has been published by the Hearst Corporation since 1986. Found this old post and realised such an international magazine had interviewed our Guru Tsem Rinpoche long ago. Esquire described our Rinpoche as one of the country’s most avant-garde spiritual leaders. That’s true Tsem Rinpoche down to earth very special Lama and founded the Buddhist organization Kechara. We are fortunate to have Rinpoche in Malaysia, showing us the way.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/esquire-magazine-calls.html
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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-cowshed-that-was-my-home-in-gaden-mongolian.html
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    Women were frequently characterized as second-class citizens those days. There were many notable women who were able to break from societal norms to live the kind of life they chose for themselves. I could tell many women throughout these three eras were not given a chance to outspoken than men. Well those days women were treated as an entirely separate group, regardless of their social status. They had numerous legal, religious, and economic challenges hurdles to go through.
    Reading this inspiring post of famous women ,they deserve at least a worthy mention and not forgotten. I only know the inspiring story of Joan of Arc during my school days. Glad to know more heroines from this post. I am sure there were more throughout the centuries, living as independent women, equal to men. Inspiring indeed how these women standing against the odds and having their own vision . The stories of Lyudmila Pavlichenko the deadliest women and Annie Smith Peck the explorer adventurer and supporter of the women’s suffragette movement stood up well in history.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-heroines-time-forgot.html
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    Tuesday, Jul 27. 2021 04:05 PM
    In certain parts of China is actually famous for its dog meat consumption. Despite the widespread outcry against the country’s notorious eating habits there’s still restaurants serving dog’s meat.
    Many locals are aware of the obscene cruelty of the animals being killed for their meat. The government is drawing up laws to prohibit the trade of wildlife and protect those animals and safety of its people. So its not surprised when the locals got angry and putting things into their own hands beating the two dog thieves savagely. Angry villager even attacks the two thieves’ car, smashed the car window. Got red handed and beaten badly till the police came. Nowadays locals gave up dogs meats for health reason and they are aware of it. Hope more could be done to safe those dogs.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
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    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:55 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche, for this important knowledge what to look for signs that our doggie in pain. By knowing what to do and look out for, it will certainly help owners to detect the situation. When we spend time with them we could understand them better when they are in pain. Since they are not able to tell us we have the responsibility to take care of them. Pain can be difficult to detect in older dogs. Doggie in pain tend to be more vocal, it’s not always easy to spot immediately. They will only express in a number of ways such as whining, whimpering, growling, and so forth. It is important for dog owners to recognize subtle signs of pain in their dog. Hence reading this post have help me to observe my doggie better.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/7-signs-your-dog-is-in-pain-and-trying-to-hide-it.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 23. 2021 04:53 PM
    Inspiring post of a soldier turned Buddhist monk living in remote raw Ural mountains of Russia . With little and much hardship , they never give up feeling happy with their struggles. They managed to build a spiritual community up in the remote mountains. Led by Mikhail Sannikov, now known as Lama Dokshit, a veteran of the USSR’s Afghanistan war . He established a monastery on an isolated mountaintop named Shad Tchup Ling, meaning “place of practice and realisation. The monastery is visited by thousands yearly by tourist and locals.
    But sadly this monastery was built on private lands own by a metallurgical mining company . Since 2016, it has been desired to demolish the Buddhist Shedrub Ling temple on Mount Kachkanar. The Buddhist community have tried many times to legalize the structures. The mining and others have claimed rights to the land. The Buddhist community was asked to leave then. The latest update dated second February 2021 is that the monastery will be under the security of the mining company where the Urals Buddhists are allowed back to the mountain only certain days of the week. May this inspiring monastery up in the mountains continue to flourish and may the mining company not demolished it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    READ MORE AT…for the latest news
    https://www2.stetson.edu/religious-news/210202a.html

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-monks-far-off-in-the-russian-mountains.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:13 PM
    Reading this post reminds me of my first pilgrimage trip to Wu Tai San . Went with my Kecharians brothers and sisters few years back. Great memories indeed, we are so fortunate given the opportunity to visit such holy site of Lord Manjushri and more it’s a pilgrimage.
    Mount Wutai is a sacred mountain, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Chinese Buddhism. Mount Wutai, known as ‘the five terrace mountain’, is the highest in Northern China believed to be the earthly abodes of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Great ….Each peak is inhabited by a different form of Manjushri. Its five main peaks, positioned east, south, west, north, and in the middle, embrace one another with broad and plain . From the 1st century AD to the early 20th century many temples have been built on the steep slopes . Besides the religious aspect, the beauty of rising and falling ridges of mountains, exotic rocks, are really amazing. The beautiful scenery there is a masterpiece of exquisite acts of nature, predominantly visible over the five main peaks. What really important is that Mount Wutai have a connection and vast history with many Tibetan lamas. From Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen to China’s most benevolent rulers, Emperor Kangxi .
    Looking through those beautiful pictures tell us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Karen for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/pilgrimage-to-mount-wutai.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 21. 2021 04:10 PM
    Ullambana is a Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month according to the Buddhist calendar. It is a festival of liberation, as to provide salvation and relief to the ghosts and spirits of the dead. The Buddhist origins of the Ullambana Festival can be traced back to a story that originally came from India. By observing the practice of Ullambana we could liberate the deceased from the three suffering realms and allow the living to enjoy a life of abundance, good fortune and longevity. During this festival, offerings such as light, foods, prayers are made to the spirits of the dead and to the hungry ghosts. On this day, Buddhists offer prayers both to their departed forefathers and to their living parents and elders.
    Great …at Kechara Forest Retreat , Bentong, two powerful and extensive pujas will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We are fortunate this year even though we are not able to attend at KFR , these pujas will be streamed live. The two powerful and extensive pujas is to remove obstacles and generate even more merits.
    Thank you Rinpoche ,Sharon Ong and those who are involved making it possible.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/celebrating-ullambana-the-original-hungry-ghost-festival.html


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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
8 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
10 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
11 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
11 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
11 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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