Wonderful Korea – Gangwon

Dec 30, 2017 | Views: 685
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The beautiful autumn leaves of Gangwon are a sight to behold

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Gangwon, highlighted in purple, in relations to the rest of Korea

There is something in the human soul that eternally yearns for open spaces; for the sight of verdant forests and imposing mountains, that smiles at the soothing tinkle of water in a country brook and finds serenity in the thundering roar of a waterfall. It is no wonder that those seeking respite from modern life, or an adventure have always sought out the blissful sanctuary of nature.

It is for these reasons, and more, that Gangwon in South Korea is a sight to behold and an adventure to experience. The province is home to both the exquisite tranquility of nature and the site of temples and secluded spots blessed by the presence and meditations of spiritual seekers.

Map of Gangwon. Click on image to enlarge.

Map of Gangwon. Click on image to enlarge.

 

A Province is Born, and Reborn

Gangwon was designated one of the Eight Provinces of the Kingdom of Korea over 600 years ago, at the very start of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The name is a combination of ‘Gangneung’, a nearby large city, and ‘Wonju’, the provincial capital at the time. In 1896, Chuncheon was named the new capital of Gangwon and it remains so today.

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The signing ceremony of the Korean War Armistice Agreement of 1953

The war of 1945 split Korea into North and South along the 38th parallel, rending apart the province. The portion that remained in the South was named Gangwon while North Korea renamed the part it retained, Kangwŏn. The Armistice Agreement of 1953 shifted the official border to the Military Demarcation Line, and the northern boundary of Gangwon has been the DMZ (ilitarised Zone) ever since.

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The Demilitarised Zone (or DMZ) runs along the 38th parallel and it split Gangwon into two. The half that South Korea retained the name Gangwon, while the half that North Korea took over was renamed as Kangwŏn. The DMZ is considered one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.

 

Meet the People

More than 1.6 million people call Gangwon home. Buddhists make up 23% of the population while 24.7% follow some form of Christianity (15.6% Protestants and 9.1% Catholics). The remaining 52.3% of the population are either not religious or follow indigenous religions like Muism, a form of shamanism native to Korea.

 

The Place

Gangwon is the northeastern-most province of South Korea. It shares a land border with North Korea while its shores gaze upon the rising sun as they are washed by the waters of the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

The interior is mountainous, and covered with vast tracts of virgin forest. Between and under them lie massive cave complexes. The highland areas receive significant snowfall, making Gangwon a popular winter destination for both vacationing Koreans and international tourists. Her coastline tapers gently into the sea, creating wide beaches in its wake.

The climate of Gangwon is heavily influenced by its latitude. Being further north than any other part of the country, it sees the coldest winters, particularly in Yeongseo, the inland highland region. Yeongseo is blanketed by huge amounts of snowfall in the cold season.

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Autumn is the most beautiful season in Gangwon

However, the province’s proximity to the sea reverses matters in summertime – the mercury soars and the air hangs heavy with humidity. This is especially palpable in the Yeongdong region which forms the eastern part of the province and includes the coast.

Gangwon experiences violent winds in both the spring and summer seasons. The best time to visit is autumn; as Korea’s coldest province, the cool autumn breeze is a pleasant prelude to the chilly winter and creates exquisite vistas of multi-coloured changing foliage.

 

Food

About 10% of Gangwon is farmland. Clean mountain air and pure, unadulterated water nurture the soil, the growing plants, and the animals that live here. There is certainly no doubting the freshness of local food, and the roots of some traditional dishes served today can trace their roots back to one millennia ago.

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Makguksu, a chilled buckwheat noodle dish that is especially popular during Gangwon’s humid summers

One example is makguksu, a buckwheat noodle dish served in a chilled broth in which additional flavours are infused by using sugar, mustard, sesame oil and/or vinegar. The noodles are topped with whatever vegetables strike the chef’s fancy to create a frugal but filling meal.

It was first served between 918 CE and 1392 CE, when the Koryeo (the root of the name ‘Korea’) Dynasty ruled the land. Since then, this dish has become a part of the identity of the area surrounding Chuncheon, the capital, and more than a dozen makguksu restaurants dot the downtown area.

Chodang sundubu (soft tofu) also has ancient roots in Gangwon. It was created by author Heo Gyun, whose pen name was ‘Chodang’, during the Joseon Dynasty which succeeded the Koryeo Dynasty.

Heo Gyun used water drawn from the ground to create his tofu, and flavoured it using saltwater from the sea. This combination gives chodang sundubu its unique tang, while its light, fluffy texture is attributed to the fine cloth filter used to drain the soy bean curd.

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Dak-galbi, a Chuncheon dish that is now popular all over Korea

A more recent addition to the local menu is dak-galbi, a sweet and spicy dish of grilled chicken served hot on the same table on which it is cooked. Although ‘dak’ translates into ‘chicken’ while ‘galbi’ means ‘rib’, the word in itself does not refer to chicken ribs. The dish was first eaten on the outskirts of Chuncheon in the 1960s as an inexpensive food consumed with alcoholic drinks.

Dak-galbi’s affordability made it a favourite of soldiers and students, earning it the nickname “commoners’ galbi” or “university students’ galbi” in the 1970s. Modern dak-galbi is seasoned, deboned, stir-fried chicken served with sliced tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes), sweet potato, perilla leaves and cabbage.

Gangwon’s freshwater rivers and its proximity to the ocean make seafood especially fresh and cheap. Raw cherry salmon and cuttlefish are the prime gastronomic attractions. The gigantic Jumunjin Seafood Market is the perfect place to try dried seafood and sashimi.

 

Korean Etiquette

Asian rules of etiquette place great emphasis on social hierarchy and respect for elders. It can be a fascinating learning experience for outsiders in Korea to observe the interactions and orderly procedures through which individuals conduct themselves.

On the other hand, the country is paradoxically also one of the most modern countries on the planet, if you take into account factors like exposure to technology and media. Expect the average Korean to be aware of the significant differences between their culture and yours, and to be graciously forgiving of transgressions by non-Koreans during their interactions.

However, like most people the world over, Koreans will appreciate the effort a foreigner makes to adapt to their local customs. Here are some basic rules and guidelines to Korean social etiquette that are both easy to learn and to follow. Remembering them will make you an especially popular guest in a country that is already very welcoming of visitors.

Korean Greetings

As with most East Asian countries, a bow is the typical greeting in Korea. There are different kinds of bows for different occasions and different scenarios.

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The correct way to bow in South Korea

Common, everyday greeting bows may be as informal as a slight bob of the head. In general, the older the recipient or the higher their status, the deeper the other person has to bow. It is best to bow from the waist, legs straight and with your hands at your sides.

Men often follow a bow with a handshake, supporting their right hand with their left as they shake. Bows are given when in greeting and when departing.

At a gathering or when meeting a new person, it is usually better to be introduced by a third party than to introduce yourself.

Names

In Korea, the family name comes first, followed by the given name. As a general rule, never address a Korean by their given name unless invited to. This is especially so for those senior in age and/or rank.

With those of equal or lower rank, it is best to use a professional title (or Mr., Mrs., Miss) and a last name. Those of senior rank to oneself should be referred to by their professional title only.

In Public

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Loud conversation and laughter in public is considered uncouth, especially if you are speaking in your own language. When talking on your cell phone, be courteous to those around you and moderate your volume accordingly. Likewise, if you are listening to music, make sure only you can hear it.

If you are in public, try to avoid blowing your nose. Public displays of affection also tend to be frowned upon, although this is changing slowly with younger Koreans. However, kissing is still disapproved of widely. Physical contact with people you do not know well should be avoided.

Shoes

Take off your shoes before entering a Korean home. You will sometimes find a closet for your shoes near the door; if not, just leave them in the space by the entrance. You will often be provided with slippers to wear around the house.

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Shoes are not allowed in most Korean homes, and slippers may be provided for guests.

Traditionally, the “shoes off” rule was universal in all buildings, private and public. While this is no longer the case, you may still find some places where you must remove your shoes. Some restaurants require diners to remove their shoes and sit cross-legged at low tables.

If you are visiting a Buddhist temple, you should remove your shoes before entering any of the buildings. Some inns require you to take off your shoes before entering your room as well.

Eating and Drinking

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The social aspect of eating a meal constitutes an important part of Korean culture (as in much of the rest of the world). There are a myriad of rules to follow at the table, from the manner in which you sit to how to serve yourself and others, to the placement of cutlery and utensils.

Some are the same as in any Western society – chew with your mouth closed and try not to make too much noise. Others are more obscure, like the placing of your chopsticks and spoon in their original position on the table, not in the rice bowl between bites. The rice bowl itself is usually left on the table for the entire duration of the meal.

The typical Korean meal consists of rice, soup and side dishes, known as banchan. Soups, stews and side dishes are usually served in communal crockery or dishes. Do not pick around the dishes looking for the choicest parts, or pick off what you do not like. Such behaviour is considered to be rude and inconsiderate to your fellow diners.

It is always best to allow the more senior people at the table to begin eating before you do.

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Drinking has its own rules of etiquette. Firstly, never pour your own drink – let someone else pour for you.

If you are drinking with someone senior in age or stature, pour his or her drink first. When both pouring and receiving, be sure to hold the bottle or glass with both hands. As you might expect at this point, the most senior person of your party should drink first.

If you are a junior, it is considered good manners to turn your head to the side, away from your senior, as you drink.

 

What to Experience

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The sharp clack of a wooden gong resounds off wizened oaks and birds pause their chatter to listen. Below, crickets chirp unabated. Ancient Buddhist sutras follow, the air vibrating with their power as it has in this forest for hundreds of years. In an antediluvian cave, people wonder in silence at the mesmerising shapes that nature has fashioned so far below the earth’s surface.

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Gangwon is known for her incredible natural beauty

Far away and far above, a child lifts her head up to the heavens and snowflakes waft down to her outstretched tongue. She smiles in delight at the pleasant sensation.

To the east, where the sand meets the water, a couple gazes into the distance to the point where the water meets the sky.

This is Gangwon.

The province is truly a nature lover’s paradise but it is far from just that. Snow sports enthusiasts love the winter here and beach bums enjoy the summer. Foodies indulge in delectable creations unique to the region, all made with the freshest ingredients. The pious come to discover for themselves why so many great monuments were built here.

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Here is a brief guide to some of the best sights, sounds and experiences that await the intrepid visitor to Gangwon.

 

1. Namiseom Island

Namiseom is an artificial semi-circular island on the North Han River. It formed in 1944 when the Cheongpyeong Dam was constructed. Namiseom is named for General Nami, who fought and defeated rebels during the rule of King Sejo (r. 1455-1468 CE), the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty.

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The island getaway is popular with residents of Seoul, being just an hour’s drive and a short ferry ride away. Water sports facilities, a theme park, shooting range and skating rink cater to the influx of visitors and create a carnival feel in which people of all ages revel.

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Chestnut and poplar trees dot the 553,560 sq. yard landscape, and even more varieties line the straight avenues at regular intervals. There are few signs of modern life away from the entertainment sites; even electricity cabling has been laid underground.

Resort villas and bungalows are available for visitors to stay on the island.

Accommodation

There are several accommodation options, ranging from luxurious hotels to modern guesthouses. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements. Here are two examples which are close to Namiseom Island.

Casa Seorak Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1484-1 Domun-dong (42 Hadomun-gil), Sokcho-si, KW, South Korea
Phone: +82 33-636-0367
Website: http://casa-seorak.tistory.com/

Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
Address: 111, Misiryeong-ro 2983 beon-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon, 217-130, South Korea
Phone: +82 33-630-5500
Website: http://www.hanwharesort.co.kr

 

2. Seoraksan National Park

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Seoraksan National Park was chosen as a nature preservation area on November 5, 1965 and designated as Korea’s fifth national park in 1970.

400,000 sq. kilometres of craggy peaks, hot springs, unique wildlife and the temples that have sat between them all for over a thousand years make up this captivating National Park.

Starting right from the coast of the East Sea and stretching westwards, the park gets its name from the 1,708-metre (5,603 foot) tall Seorak Mountain, a gigantic natural feature that can be seen from near and far. The seaside city of Sokcho is the most popular gateway in the Park.

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Seorak Mountain is the main attraction of Seoraksan National Park

You do not have to hike up the mountains – there is a cable car station almost right at the entrance that will deliver you to a plateau high above in about 6 minutes.

The entire Seorak region is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Creeks and hot springs abound amongst the dense forest, as do some very popular waterfalls like the Daesung, Oktang and Yongtang Falls.

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Huge monoliths known as the Biseondae Rocks are strewn in a small area around cascading pools of blue water known as the Fairy Pools. They are probably shattered pieces of a truly gigantic boulder that tumbled from the mountain above many centuries ago.

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The jungle creates a wonderful play of colour due to changing foliage in autumn which brings a whole new measure of beauty to the area, and not far from the entrance to Seoraksan National Park in Sokcho is the 1,400-year-old Sinheungsa Temple.

The Jwabul Buddha looking over Seoraksan National Park

The Jwabul Buddha looking over Seoraksan National Park

Before you reach the temple, the serene Seated Buddha greets visitors. 15 metres tall and made of bronze, the Jwabul Buddha weighs over 108 tons even though it is hollow. Interred inside the statue are gifts donated by the Myanmar government – three pieces of the Buddha’s robes and remains from his cremation. He sits in serene meditation, eyes half-closed, straddling the physical and spiritual realms. Surrounding his head is a stunningly intricate adornment of large jade and amber stones.

 

3. Woljeongsa Temple and Sinheungsa Temple

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South of Seoraksan is the Odaesan National Park in Pyeongchang, home to the Woljeongsa Temple. It is the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and records show that it is the world’s oldest Zen (Seon) temple.

The temple complex stands in the valley beside Odaesan Mountain. First built about 1,400 years ago, the original structure was damaged several times, most recently during the chaos of the Korean War.

The reconstructed and restored buildings include the Seongbo Museum, an octagonal pagoda that rises nine storeys tall and a Seated Buddha carved in stone. The pagoda is a designated National Treasure and has watched the trees and mountains grow for over a millennium.

Ancient Buddhist relics, dating back anywhere from centuries to over a millennia ago, are stored and displayed at the museum and inside the pagoda. It is also said that the Buddha’s bones are preserved in the Jeokmyeolbogung Hermitage a few kilometres north of the Sangwonsa Temple.

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Dozens of exquisitely-carved statues and architectural elements adorn the site, and the scenery from the grounds is breathtaking all year round. Woljeongsa Temple runs a Temple Stay program which allows members of the public to live within the complex and gain a new perspective on Buddhism through personal experience.

Accommodation

Seoraksan National Park is a popular tourist destination with a variety of accommodations to suit a range of budgets within its vicinity. Prices vary mostly according to the location and the season, and are near the above attractions. Below are two examples:

Kensington Stars Hotel
Address: 998, Seoraksan-ro, Daepo-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon, South Korea
Phone: +82 33-635-4001
Website: http://www.Kensington_Stars_Hotel-Sokcho_Gangwon_do.html

Sorak Park Hotel & Casino
Address: 74-3, Sorak-dong Sokcho-city, Gangwon, South Korea
Phone: +82 33-636-7711

 

4. Alpensia Resort

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Alpensia is a combination of ‘Alps’ and ‘Asia’, alluding to its fantastic sights and challenging mountain slopes. The Alpensia Resort is a world-class snow sports destination; in fact, it will be the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics Village and the location for nine separate events during the festival.

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Within its grounds, there are six slopes varying in difficulty from beginner to advanced. There is even a dedicated snowboarding area. Some runs are illuminated for night skiing until 10pm.

In summer, the base of the slopes, otherwise known as the Apron Area, turns into a massive flower garden. There are golf courses and even a water park, making Alpensia a fun year-round destination for the entire family.

There are direct buses to the resort from both Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and is a very reasonable US$35 for adults and US$20 for children.

Accommodation

There are several accommodation options here, ranging from 5-star hotels to budget motels. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Alpensia Ski Resort
Address: 220-2 Yongsan-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon
Phone: +82 33 339-0000
Website: http://www.alpensiaresort.co.kr

Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang
Address: 325 Solbong-ro, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon
Phone: +82 33 339-0000
Website: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnresorts/hotels/us/en/Gangwon/kagpr/hoteldetail

 

5. Naksan Beach

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Naksan Beach is a 4-kilometre sandy stretch on the 24 kilometres of shoreline that form the easternmost limits of Naksan National Park. The wide beach is juxtaposed against a cliff covered with a dense forest of pine trees.

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It descends gently into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), creating a safe, shallow waterline perfect for recreational swimming.

Accommodation

There are several accommodation options here, ranging from 5-star hotels to budget motels. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Naksan Beach Hotel
Address: 73 Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, yangyang, Gangwon
Phone: +82 2-742-0337
Website: http://websta.me/n/naksanbeachhotel

The Suites Hotel Naksan
Address: 84 Haemaji-gil, Yangyang-eup, Yangyang, Gangwon
Phone: + 82 33-670-1100
Website: http://www.suites.co.kr/Naksan/ko

 

6. Naksana Temple

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Naksana Temple sits at the eastern limits of Naksan National Park and overlooks the East Sea. A temple was first established here by the Buddhist monk, Grand Master Uisang, in 671 CE.

It is said that the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Gwanseum-bosal or Haesugwaneumsang) appeared to the monk in his meditations and instructed him to build a temple there. The spot where he received this epiphany is today commemorated by the Uisangdae Pavilion, right at the edge of the cliffs.

Haesugwaneumsang (or Kuan Yin), the Bodhisattva of Mercy

Gwanseum-bosal or Haesugwaneumsang, the Bodhisattva of Mercy. In other traditions, she is known as Kuan Yin Pu Sa (China) or Chenrezig (Tibet).

One of the most serene sights of the temple grounds is the 15-metre (49 foot) tall statue of Haesugwaneumsang, the Bodhisattva of Mercy, a hand raised in eternal blessing as she gazes upon the spot here where the sun rises.

Accommodation

Visitors are spoilt for choice of accommodation and there are options ranging from the most basic to the most luxurious. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Naksan World Beach
Address: 44, Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, Naksan Beach, Yangyang-gun
Phone: +82-33-670-2397
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264622

Pine Beach Condotel
Address: 90, Haemaji-gil, Yangyang-eup, Gangwon, Naksan Beach, Yangyang-gun
Phone: +820336710067
Website: http://pine-beach-condotel-yangyang.booked.net/

 

7. Jeongdongjin Sunrise Park

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23 million years ago, nature carved massive slabs of rock into terraces along what is today the shoreline of Jeongdongjin. The Jeongdongjin Sunrise Park is situated here, the ideal location to take in the sight of the golden sun rising from the horizon.

Koreans and tourists from around the world flock to the park and the nearby beach for the spectacular vistas of the resplendent sun shining on the sea, sand, trees and cliffs. The lead-up to the new year is the best time to visit as the Sunrise Festival gets underway here.

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The rising sun over the ocean is a popular natural tourist attraction

The garden outside the 180-metre long train that is the Jeongdongjin Time Museum houses the world’s largest hourglass, which has a diameter of 8 metres. This instrument has also become a major attraction and draws large crowds to witness the moment it tips over to indicate the start of the New Year.

Accommodation

There are many accommodation choices available to visitors, ranging from the very simple to luxurious hotels. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Seamarq Hotel
Address: 2, Haean-ro 406beon-gil, Donghae East Side Sea, Gangneung-si
Phone: +82 33-650-7000
E-mail: rescom@seamarqhotel.com
Website: http://www.seamarqhotel.com/eng

Gyeongpo Soo Motel – Goodstay
Address: 439, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-644-1239
Website: http://www.soomotel.com (Korean only)

 

8. Jeongseon Auraji Rail Bike

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The Jeongseon Rail Bike is a popular recreational sport among tourists

For over 50 years, the rail lines between Auraji and Gujeol-ri stations transported countless tons of coal. Korea gradually abandoned its reliance on the fossil fuel and in 2004, rail bikes took the place of laden coal wagons.

The 7.2-kilometre long track is a continuous gentle descent, making for an effortless ride while enjoying views of towering cliffs, clean valley waters and crimson red foliage. Sections of the track run through tunnels and a light show has been created to entertain and amaze riders in the brief periods when nature is not.

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There are two-person (110 kilogram) and four-person (138 kilogram) rail bikes. Despite their size and weight, the rail bikes run quite smoothly and one person can pedal a four-person rail bike at speeds of up to 30km/ph.

Accommodation

Ranging from simple guest houses to luxurious hotels, there is a wide variety of accommodation option available here. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Condotel Hillhouse – Goodstay
Address: 18-15, Jeongam-ri, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-671-2883
Website: http://www.hillhouse.ne.kr

Jeongseon Maple Tourist Hotel
Address: 85, Mureung 1-ro, Nam-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon 26146
Phone: +82 33-592-7744
Website: http://www.hotelking.com/Hotel/Jeongseon_Maple_Tourist_Hotel.htm?gclsrc=aw.ds

 

9. Taebaeksan National Park

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The Taebaeksan National Park is named for Taebaeksan Mountain, a craggy series of peaks intimately associated with Korea’s Buddhist past. Yeongbong Peak is perhaps the most famous of these and has been witness to veneration rituals for centuries.

Although the highest summits rise over 1,500 metres from the valleys, Taebaeksan Mountain is a relatively easy climb of gentle ascents and level tracks.

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Blanketed with snow in winter, covered in the reddish and pink hues of azalea and rhododendron in spring, awash with the verdant green of new forests in summer, and a combination of all of those in autumn, the Park is a feast for the eyes whenever you visit.

Taebaek Mountain is awash with brilliant hues of pink and purple in the spring time.

Taebaek Mountain is awash with brilliant hues of reds, pinks and purples in the spring time.

The annual Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival features traditional and modern snow sculptures, attracting both Korean and international visitors. The crisp mountain air and natural springs are recognised as some of the cleanest and purest in all of Korea.

Accommodation

There are several accommodations in the vicinity of the National Park, ranging from the most basic to the most luxurious. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

High1 Condominium
Address: 50-3, Gohan 3-gil, Gohan, Jeongseon, Gangwon
Phone: +82 2-1588-7789
Website: http://www.hotels.com/ho433912/high1-condominium-jeongseon-south-korea/

Castello Hotel
Address: 6, Yeonji-ro, Taebaek, Gangwon
Phone: +82 70-8956-9880
Website: http://www.castellohotel.co.kr

 

10. Odaesan Mountain

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The five mountaintops of Odaesan Mountain draw a circle in the middle of the Taebaek Mountain range located in the Odaesan National Park, some 20 kilometres from Korea’s northeastern coastline. Buddhist temples, shrines and sites of significance are scattered between these peaks.

As spring and summer draw to a close, and the seasons take a colder turn towards winter, prepare yourself for the picturesque beauty of yellow, orange and flaming red leaves when fall arrives. The crisp crunch of ‘foliage treks’ is perhaps one of the most satisfying experiences to be had here.

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Visitors will find that walking allows them to truly enjoy the autumnal sights and sounds on Odaesan Mountain

The mountain and surrounding forest are alive with the signs and sounds of flora and fauna, some of which are unique to the area. Colourful birdlife – woodpeckers and turtledoves – as well as musk deer and boar are frequently spotted in the wooded areas. People come from afar to see the royal azalea blooms and yew forests.

Jeokmyeolbogung, one of the temples on Odaesan Mountain

Jeokmyeolbogung, one of the temples on Odaesan Mountain

The annual Odaesan Mountain Culture Festival gives visitors an intriguing insight into local life and its Buddhist heritage. Folktales and modern stories, art and craft, and a focus on the ecology and environment are the focus of the festival.

It is possible to travel to Odaesan Mountain by public transport, but it is preferable to lease a local bus and driver as the mountain roads can make for a challenging drive.

Accommodation

There are many accommodation options to choose from, ranging from simple hostels to guest houses to luxurious hotels. Here are just three examples, but we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation for you.

Goodstay Galcheon Family Resort
Address: 126-1 Galcheon-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang Airport, Yangyang-gun, South Korea
Phone: +82-33-673-7111 / +82-10-2266-0035
Fax: +82-33-673-7115
Email: 6365yk@hanmail.net

Hanwha Resort Phoenix Park
Address: 228-33 Taegi-ro, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon
Phone: +82 33-334-6100
Website: http://www.hanwharesort.co.kr/irsweb/resort2/eng/scope/resort_03.html

Phoenix The Hotel
Address: 1095, Myeonon 1-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-330-6001, +82-1588-2828
Website: http://www.phoenixhnr.co.kr

 

11. Ojukheon House

The Joseon Dynasty (1392-897) presided over Korea at the time of its greatest scientific achievements, including the creation of its first celestial globe. The Korean tea ceremony and the cultivation of Korean gardens also arose in the Joseon period.

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Ojukheon in Gangneung is home to one of the oldest houses in Korea still standing today. Ojukheon House is approximately 600 years old and has been preserved for being the birthplace of Confucian scholar, Yulgok Yi-I (1536-1584). His mother, Sin Saimdang was also an accomplished artist, author and poet.

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Ojukheon House

Artwork created by the family is on display, as are Buddhist and Confucian works, and other items that give an insight into the daily lives and experiences of people who lived in that time.

Accommodation

There are a number of hotels within walking distance of Ojukheon. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Gangneung Boutique Hotel Bombom
Address: 19 Gyodonggwangjang-Ro 100beon-Gil, Gangneung, Gangwon
Phone: +82 33-645-5511
Website: http://www.hotelbombom.com/svc/

VV Hotel Gangneung
Address: 22-1 Haseulla-ro 192 beon-gil, Gyo-1 (ll)-dong, Gangneung, Gangwon
Phone: +82 33-647-2222
Website: http://www.a-hotel.com/south-korea/gangneung/1190854-vv-hotel/

 

12. Daegeumgul Cave

Underground cave complexes can remain hidden away from human eyes for untold millennia, and that is nearly what happened with the Daegeumgul Cave which was only discovered in 2003 after nearby excavation works accidentally exposed an entranceway. Scientists confirm that this cave system is as old as the famed Hwanseongul and Gwaneumgul Caves.

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Inside the caves, the sound of water is never far away, as freshwater forms waterfalls and pools so far below the surface. An underground lake, approximately 60 metres long, 30 metres wide and 8 to 9 metres deep is one of the main attractions. Stalactites, stalagmites and helictites formed over hundreds of thousands of years abound.

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Korea’s first cave monorail runs 140 meters into Daegeumgul, and the Visitor Centre is the ideal place to learn about the significance of these natural caves for the local ecology.

Daegeumgul Cave is a popular tourist attraction in the Donghae area but the authorities have taken measures to avoid too much disruption to the cave’s fragile ecosystem, and to give visitors the best experience possible. As such, the cave is only open to those who have made prior online bookings as there is a limit to the number of visitors per day. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation

There are a variety of accommodation choices to suit a range of budgets available in the vicinity. We recommend that you do further research to choose the best hotel according to your needs.

Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht – Gangneung
Address: 950-39, Heonhwa-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon, 210-824
Phone: +82 33-610-7000
Website: http://www.esuncruise.com

Dae joo hotel – Donghae
Address: 210-1, Jungang-ro, Donghae, 25770
Phone: +82 33-534-1004
Website: http://www.eurobookings.com/donghae-hotels-kr/dae-joo-hotel.html

 

13. Samcheok Ocean Rail Bike

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Most of Korea’s abandoned train tracks that have been converted into rail bike tracks are located in the interior, giving you endless vistas of mountains and rivers. The Samcheok Ocean Rail Bike track, for example, takes you on a 5.4 kilometre journey showcasing Korea’s coastal beauty.

One of its highlights is the tunnel within which rail bikers are treated to a fantastic laser show.

Accommodation

There are many budget accommodation establishments nearby which you can choose according to your requirements. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your requirements.

Samcheok Hot Spring Hotel
Address: 4098, Donghae-daero, Samcheok-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-573-9696
Fax: +82-33-573-8098
Email: webmaster@scspavill.co.kr

Dragon Valley Hotel
Address: Daegwalnyeong-myeon. Pyeongchang-gun
Phone: +82 33 -330-7111
Website: http://www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/room/hotel.do

 

14. Goseong Unification Observatory

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It has been said that the ability to feel hope is what differentiates higher-thinking beings from animals. To feel hope, or the feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen, we must be fully cognizant of a situation, its variables and the potential consequences, and possess the ability to wish against or for a particular outcome. The Goseong Unification Observatory is testament to that fact.

Built in 1983 by an army unit, it is one of many monuments in the Gangwon Province that is a physical representation of the hope for a reunification between the two Koreas. The observatory is the nearest point to Geumgangsan Mountain in North Korea from where the peak can be viewed in the South. You can also see Haegeumgang, the various peaks of Geumgangsan Mountain and nearby islands from here.

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North Korea, as seen from Goseong Unification Observatory

Because of its proximity to the North Korean border, some pretty extraordinary security measures are in place for a tourist site. You will have to register at an army post 10 kilometres before you reach the guards. The observatory is a five-minute walk up a hill.

Accommodation

There are many budget accommodation options nearby for you to choose from. We recommend that you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements.

Gangwon Land Hotel
Address: 265, High1-gil, Sabuk-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon 26154
Phone: +82 1588-7789
Website: http://www.high1.com/eng/mainRoomIntro/html.high1

High 1 Convention Hotel
Address: 424 Sabuk-ri, Sabuk-eup (265 High-gil), Gangwon
Phone: +82 1588-7789
Website: http://m.high1.co.kr/hotel/Cf.asp

 

15. Charmsori Gramophone and Edison Science Museum

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Located 15 minutes from downtown Gangneung and just over an hour from Ojukheon, the Chamsori Gramophone and Edison Science Museum holds the world’s third-largest collection of memorabilia related to Thomas Edison. It has a collection of 1,000 books, 4,500 phonographs, 150,000 phonograph records, and 5,000 items from 20 nations.

The museum has an extensive collection of phonography items

The museum has an extensive collection of phonography items

The museum’s attractions include:

  • World of Sound:

Tracking the history of sound, this attraction displays gothic and renaissance organs, music boxes, radios and record players.

  • World of Image:

This attraction displays silent films and biographies of early filmmakers, Edison’s projectors, and televisions, including those made by John Logie Baird in the 1920s.

  • World of Light:

Displays items from gas lamps to the original light bulb invented by Edison, an electric generator, the bamboo filament light bulb, and the first wall-attached electric lamp.

  • Edison Invention Hall:

Edison was a prolific inventor, and 850 of his inventions can be seen here, including three of his greatest – the phonograph, the light bulb, and the projector. You can also see autographed letters and objects that he personally used.

  • Edison & H. Ford Hall:

Features the battery car invented by Edison and the Model T car by Ford.

Accommodation

There are many lodging options, ranging from budget motels to luxurious hotels, around the area. We recommend you to do further research to find one suitable to your needs.

Hyusim Pension
Address: 64-3, Jeo-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-10-7240-5075, +82-10-4470-5075
Fax: +82-33-642-5075
Website: http://hyusim.com/korean/

Four Season Hotel Gangneung
Address: 615, Haean-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-655-9900, +82-33-655-9911
Fax: +82-33-655-9933
Website: http://www.lt4seasons.co.kr/main/index.html

 

16. Biryong Falls

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The Biryong Falls got its name because the falling water looks like a dragon flying up towards the sky

The name ‘Biryong’ means ‘Flying Dragons’ and the Biryong Falls are supposed to have been so named because the cascading water looks like the mythical creatures soaring up towards the sky.

Located within the Seoraksan National Park, the falls are actually part of a network of many waterfalls of varying heights. Some zigzag down channels that the water has worn into the stone over centuries, while others descend from short lips directly into lucid pools of blue water.

Bridges straddle mountain streams, leading from one to the next and showcasing the natural beauty of this virtually untouched part of the Gangwon interior.

Accommodation

There many choices of accommodation ranging from budget motels to luxurious hotels around the area. We recommend you to do further research to find one suitable to your choice.

DQ Motel – Goodstay
Address: 13, Bugokbokgae-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-535-2903
Fax: +82-33-535-2904
Email: allkong@empas.com

BENIKEA Premier Donghae Medical Spa Convention Hotel
Address: 6285, Donghae-daero, Donghae-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-530-0707, +82-10-6527-8775
Fax: +82-33-534-6693
Website: http://www.mangsanggrand.co.kr

 

17. Chiaksan Mountain

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Chiaksan National Park is located in western Gangwon, and was named Korea’s 16th National Park. Chiaksan Mountain, after which the park is named, is a chain of peaks, several of which tower more than a kilometre into the air. The tallest of these is at 1,288 metres.

The entire park stretches over 181.6 sq. kilometres of land, encompassing vast tracts of virgin forests, craggy peaks, rushing rivers and stunning views.

Conveniently located near the nation’s capital Seoul, the national park is easily accessible through the Jungang Expressway, Yeongdong Expressway and by rail.

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A dragon sculpture in the forsts of Chiaksan Mountain

821 species of plants and 2,364 animal species (including 34 endangered ones like the flying squirrel and copper-winged bat) call Chiaksan home.

Accommodation

There many hotels that suit a wide range of budgets around the area. We recommend that you do further research to find one suitable to your choice.

K Guesthouse, Gangneung
Address: 23, Jeilsijang-gil, Seongnam-do Gangneung
Phone: +82 10-9101-7503

Hotel Inter-Burgo Wonju
Address: 200 Dongbusunhwan-ro, Bangokgwanseol-dong, Weonju, Gangwon
Phone: +82 33-769-8114
Website: http://wonju.inter-burgo.com/eng/main.html

 

18. Baekdamsa Temple

Seoraksan National Park is a massive expanse of land and its outer regions are frequently explored by tourists from near and far. The inner Seorak region, however, remains largely secluded because of the difficult journey required to reach it, and it is here the Baekdamsa Temple has sat for 1,300 years.

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Baekdamsa is a Buddhist temple in the Inje County of Gangwon Province. It was originally built in the 7th century.

It was constructed first in 647 CE but natural disasters and war have seen it destroyed numerous times. It always rises again, and the current architecture dates to 1957.

‘Baekdamsa’ translates as ‘Hundred Pools’ and the name is a reference to the number of pools between the temple and Daecheongbong Peak.

Baekdamsa Temple gained fame when Manhae Han Yong-Un, an independence activist and poet wrote his literary piece called “Nimui Chimmuk” (Silence of the Beloved) here. The temple contains the Manhae Monument Hall built to remember his spirit.

Baekdamsa Temple is a symbol of both the human spirit and the spirit of Buddhism, both eternal, resilient and together as one in seclusion here. It is one of the few Korean Buddhist temples to offer non-Koreans the privilege of temple stays.

Accommodation

There many places to stay that suit a wide range of budgets around the area, ranging from luxurious hotels to modern guesthouses. We recommend that you do further research to find one suitable to your choice.

Fine Valley Family Hotel
Address: 868-3, Yongdae-ri, Buk-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-462-8955
Fax: +82-33-462-8927
Email: yellowjelly_81@hanmail.net

Hyunjin tourist Hotel
Address: 125-3, Donggul-ro, Donghae, Gangwon 25770
Phone: +82 33-539-2000
Website: http://www.hotels.com/ho471722/hyunjin-tourist-hotel-donghae-south-korea/

 

19. Hwanseongul Cave

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Hwanseongul Cave is the largest limestone cave in Asia, formed an estimated 530 million years ago. To date, 47 new breeds of animals have been discovered around the cave, with four of these found to only live in the cave itself. A monorail was installed in the cave in 2010 to allow more people to see what this natural wonder has to offer.

Accommodation

There are several lodging options in the area, ranging from luxurious hotels to modern guesthouses. We recommend that you do further research to find one suitable to your choice.

Ruby Motel – Goodstay
Address: 175, Gohan-ro, Gohan-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon
Phone: 033-591-2728~9
Fax: 033-591-2730
Email: yb2297@hanmail.net

Meridien Hotel, Donghae
Address: 125-4, Donggul-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-533-7800
Email: 003349@hanmail.net
Website: http://www.hotels.com/ho541072/meridien-hotel-donghae-south-korea/

 

20. Gyeongpodae Pavilion

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Staircase leading to the Gyeongpodae Pavilion

Set upon the curve of a lake but also gazing over the sea, Gyeongpodae Pavilion is an ancient structure whose location was chosen specifically for the view it affords of the moon on the 15th day of the first lunar month.

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The intricately-designed roof and eaves are painted a variety of bright colours, and depict flowers and animals in highly stylised interpretations. The grassy rise that leads up to the pavilion is just as colourful in spring and summer with the hues of a variety of flowering plants.

Poems and literary works by some of Korea’s most revered poets and scholars are kept on display inside.

Accommodation

Now that Gangneung has become a popular tourist destination, there is a wide variety of accommodation choices on offer. There are many upscale hotels, mid-priced hotels, and also smaller motels from which visitors can choose.

Here are two examples, but it is recommended to research for one that fits your budget.

Jeongdongjin Hotel – Goodstay
Address: 1007-34, Heonhwa-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon
Phone: 033-643-1054
Fax: 033-643-1057

Theship Hotel – Goodstay
Address: 790-14, Daepo-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon
Phone: +82-33-635-6644
Fax: +82-33-635-1344

 

Getting There

The scenery of Gangwon is a perennial feature of Korean drama series and some particularly memorable ones have contributed significantly to the rise in the province’s status as a domestic tourist destination. It has its own airport, the Yangyang International Airport.

While it is designated an international airport, Yangyang only receives cross-border flights from Kitakyushu in Japan, augmented by seasonal ones from Vladivostok in Russia. The airport also handles domestic flights to and from the cities of Busan and Jeju.

Expect a significant increase in the near future – the 2018 Winter Olympics in nearby Pyeongchang will leave the region a wealth of world-class winter sporting facilities that should attract snow and ice enthusiasts from across Korea and around the world.

Gangwon is also accessible by rail, the preferred way to travel there for most Koreans. Three rail lines connect to the region.

Korea has a fantastic network of roads and many solo travellers, couples and families opt to drive to Gangwon by car or travel by coach. The province is easily accessible by road from virtually anywhere in the country.

 

Passports & Korean Visas

Foreign nationals entering Korea need a valid passport and usually also require a Korean visa from a Korean embassy or consular office. However, citizens of some nations are allowed visa-free entry for limited periods under a visa exemption agreement.

Korean embassies and consular offices, and the following websites will be able to assist you in determining the exact requirements for your case:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.mofa.go.kr (Korean, English)
  • Korea Immigration Service – www.immigration.go.kr (Korean, English)
  • Hi Korea (e-government for foreigners) – www.hikorea.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Travel Book on Gangwon

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Any trip is much easier and enjoyable if you spend a little time on research and planning. We recommend the Lonely Planet travel guide because it captures the essence of the Gangwon spirit in the range of activities and adventures that the authors explore, and the depths to which their research has gone.

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, the Gangwon chapter of the Lonely Planet Korea guidebook contains detailed itineraries, highlighted destinations, reviews on hotels, food options, local attractions, transportation, and colour maps for various locations.

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  1. S.Prathap on Jul 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Gangwon is a very nice place blessed with natural and beautiful scenery.The beaches are popular spots for watching sunrise on morning as well.
    It will be a good place to plan for holiday with family and friends.The best time to visit is autumn; as Korea’s coldest province, the cool autumn breeze is a pleasant prelude to the chilly winter and creates exquisite vistas of multi-coloured changing foliage.
    Thank you for sharing this article.

  2. SO FI LIM on Oct 31, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Wow! The scenery is spectacularly beautiful, especially at Taebaeksan Mountain during spring and the fields are filled with a sea of pink, red and purple flowers. It seems that whatever the season, there is a reason to be there. I love the temples with its peaceful and beautiful grounds. offering such serenity. And Gyeongpodae Pavilion was so neatly kept with such myriad flowers that grabs the attention immediately. The autumn looks so spectacular too, with the colourfully vivid leaves so outstanding against the sky. Definitely a destination of choice if one was to plan a holiday. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the beauty of Gangwon, Korea.

  3. Wai Meng Wan on Sep 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

    The sights and sounds of the Korean peninsular makes it one of the world’s top attractions, especially Korea’s natural beauty. It also shares with other countries that is has been pervaded by the buddha dharma before, so you can find really quaint and beautiful temples with stunning view all over Korea.

  4. Anne Ong on Mar 17, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Gangwon is really beautiful. Love the pictures and places like,19. Hwanseongul Cave,20. Gyeongpodae Pavilion, 17. Chiaksan Mountain,4. Alpensia Resort, 10. Odaesan Mountain,9. Taebaeksan National Park. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this beautiful article on Gangwon🙏😍

  5. Stella Cheang on Jan 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Gangwon is so picturesque for her autumn beauty. The colourful autumn leaves together with the mountain range and forest setting is the perfect stage for natural photographers. I believe it is a good travelling destination for families with elderly and youth. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Lin Mun on Jan 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Gangwon is a very interesting place. It’s a place blessed with natural and and unpolluted beautiful scenery. A place with nice beach and also a for winter skiing. Really wonderful. Amazingly also there are many temples in Gangwon and big buddha statues. Thank you Rinpoche for also sharing the cultural of Koreans. This is very important so we do not offend people when we are in their country and also if we have Koreans friend here. It is mutual respect to understand people’s cultural and background.

  7. Samfoonheei on Jan 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Gangwon is a mountainous, forested province in northeast South Korea, is relatively undeveloped being 82% mountainous and only sparsely populated. Gangwon is blessed with beautiful mountains and clean beaches that offer some of the best sceneries and vacation spots throughout the year. Mountainous Gangwon gives some of South Korea’s most spectacular landscapes.
    It is the home of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. . The beaches are popular spots for watching sunrise on New Year’s morning as well. Winter in Gangwon is heaven for winter sports enthusiasts, as the province gets a lot of snow.
    It seem that these place is top summer vacation destinations for many tourist around the world. I have not been to Korea at all ,do hope someday I could visit with my family.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:25 PM
    Nairatmya is the Buddha Mother of the Sakya sect and is the embodiment of prajna wisdom. As well as a meditational deity and the consort of Hevajra which has many different forms and combinations of forms for these two deities. She has phenomenal power which enables practitioners to break through the ignorance of afflictions and increase the practitioners’ Buddha wisdom and merits. She did appeared to the Mahasiddha Virupa urging him to continue with his tantric practice. Depicted with the dharma protector Dorje Shugden forms a beautiful and powerful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/nairatmya-she-who-has-no-self
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    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:23 PM
    Born as a prince …Siddhartha Gautama but then became known as Shakyamuni only after he became the Buddha . Buddha gave teachings or compassionately turning the wheel of Dharma at a variety of places for many years until his parinirvana. Through these teachings, Buddha showed the way that leads all beings to the experience of awakening and liberation from samsara. In this beautiful thanka Buddha is depicted with his many disciples and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/buddha-shakyamuni-turning-the-wheel-of-dharma
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 5. 2020 03:21 PM
    The Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism. Life as a prince living in the wealthy circumstances of a noble family . In his late twenties, Prince Siddhartha encountered the “four signs” during excursions from the palace. He realized that the only way out of this suffering world of samsara was through finding and following the right spiritual path. He gave up the ascetic way of life and turned to meditation, until he reached his goal of enlightenment under the Bodhi-tree in Bodhgaya. Interesting story of who the noble prince was, the major events of his life, and the incredible legacy that he left behind for the world with the creation of Buddhism.
    In this beautiful thangka , depicted together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. As a dharma protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-noble-prince-who-founded-buddhism
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    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:15 PM
    Nor matter what race or religion, one of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and be understood. Animals of different species can be together, playing together and have a close bond, we as human too could do it. Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend, there are other animals playing together. With patience, the seeds of loving-kindness, and understanding even our enemies can become friends. Most important whether that person is of the same race, faith, rich or poor, good or bad ,all are treated equally. There is a time for silence with the one who hurts us and yet a time to let go of the past. We should love all beings too.
    I have seen wonderful pictures of people and animals hugging, playing together, it tell us a special bond between them. When we love them….the animals will gives you loves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

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    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 06:14 PM
    Jetsun Milarepa was a Tibetan siddha, who famously was a murderer as a young man then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished buddha despite his past. He is generally considered as one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets, serving as an example for the Buddhist life. Interesting biography of Milarepa which I truly enjoying and inspiring story of him. Depicted with Mahasiddha Marpa a great translator, Vajravarahi is a semi-wrathful form of Vajra Yogini, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, created a beautiful powerful thangka .

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    Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition. As an enlightened being, Buddha Tsongkhapa has the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. His practice is very powerful reliable and beneficial, as he was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani . Among the many renowned teachings he gave and dharma texts he composed, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. We are fortunate , having the chance to receive and practice Dharma teachings from Lama Tsongkhapa through our lama. Beautiful thangka depicted along with Dorje Shugden the powerful Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and with short explanations.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 4. 2020 03:13 PM
    It is interesting that there are certain people who have psychic power or some sort of ability that a normal person may not have. Hard to explain why they are special scientifically but I believe each person have different capabilities in this world. For me if a person if gifted with certain capabilities, then they should use it to benefit others and not bring harm for own benefit and greed. Many however, will abuse the abilities to make profit and for personal agenda.

    On the other subject on mantra, it is powerful words of Buddha which brings benefit to not only to the person who recite it but can be dedicated to all sentient beings. Appreciation to Buddha for providing mantra for us to recite and opportunity to change the situation to be better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/psychic-power-sabine-thing.html
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    Thank you for the sharing, an inspiring article of a family growing up their kids and Living Off-The Grid in Lenggong Valley of Perak. I believe this is the positive mind set of the couples living closer to nature, explore to new ideas, being creativity, to live simple and happy with farming activities .

    There are number of people who are attracted to mother nature, they love the breezing air, greenery environment, and healthy living. Not many love to do this in this modern era where technology are vast growing where people are looking for more comfort and luxury homes.

    I loved the concept and the wonderful ideas of Tan and Ladia Kuta, being innovative, to facilitate, improve and to expend their living style. Thanks to The Coconut KL to introduce the Lenggong Valley and helping the couples to expend. Hope to get an opportunity to visit and enjoy the nature environment stay.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 08:50 PM
    Heard of this mythical creatures during my school days. Interesting stories and in Scottish folklore been told years ago. The Loch Ness monster is a marine creature that inhabits in the Scottish highlands waters. Recording to eye witness it is described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. There have been thousands of reported sightings of these creatures date back to ancient times. They ranged from eyewitness accounts by visitors to the area to unusual objects spotted by people. Many even has captured images of this creature but so forth there no hard evidence of it. Well I do believe that there was once do exist in ancient times .
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/english-loch-ness-monster.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 08:49 PM
    Reading all these inspiring worthy words appealing to H H Dalai Lama to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden, it tell us a thousand words. How much love and respect our Lama Tsem Rinpoche to H H Dalai Lama. Our lama always teaches us to respect H H Dalai Lama. This Dorje Shugden ‘s practice was passed down by generations of erudite lamas of the pure lineage since 400 years ago. For hundreds of years , many highly attained lamas has been propitiating and relying on Dorje Shugden as an Dharma Protector in the practice. They cannot be wrong in the practice. Because of the Tibetan Leadership political agenda, many has suffered such as services denied, families and monasteries divided and so forth.
    May H H Dalai Lama please have a dialogue with Dorje Shugden’s practitioner , to resolve the ban which is affecting millions of people.
    Thank you Rinpoche with these inspiring worthy words of appeals.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/appeal-to-h-h-the-dalai-lama.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Apr 3. 2020 05:38 PM
    It is not coincidental that past and present masters praised Diamond Lady , Vajrayogini as our saviour during this materialistic, desire driven times. As Rinpoche had said, her practice is most appropriate for us.
    Across the world more female are working than ever before, and are very successful holding the top post. Thank you very much for nice write up.
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 11:26 PM
    Extremely happy to see the Green Girls efforts to the success of Kechara’s Organic Farm. I liked they idea, to cultivate the space to grow their own delicious, greenery, fresh and healthy vegetables. Of course we know organic vegetables contain’s more nutritious, healthier and safe.

    Apart of looking at these attractive farm, I believe this farm will improves the ecology of the surrounding environment. Looking on the support of the volunteers, I hope this project will meet their goals and achieve to a greater extent.

    I’m sure this though role activity involved will help the green girls and Kechara volunteers to maintain a healthy mind and body.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Apr 2. 2020 03:50 PM
    I like the Dorje Shugden’s Tsa-tsa. It is very detail in making and beautiful. Not only easy to carry during travel also can use for premises decoration to further bless the premises. Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made based on the tradition in Tibet and everyone could invite home and for traveling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you for the informative article.

  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 10:26 PM
    Thank you for the sharing, I never heard about it before, it’s the belief that there’s a divine, mystical relationship between numbers and the projection of life. There is one thing important to know that every number has a unique vibration by itself.

    I had a good read to know the auspicious sign of number seven belongs to Buddha Tara. It ‘s also the culture believe that all numbers has it own qualities. What I understand from this article is there is a hidden supreme power and spirituality behind every numbers.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 1. 2020 06:41 PM
    Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to the surroundings areas. By participating in the building of a stupa, it is an extremely great merits ,to purifying our negative Karma and obstacles and it will enriches one’s own body and mind. Rejoice to Ms Veronika Tupayachi, been involved in the construction of a Stupa in Cusco, Peru. The very first stupa been built in Peru with the effort of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. This project finally constructed after a few years and glad to hear from Ms Veronika who has not forgotten Rinpoche’s generosity and advices . May more people in Peru get to receive the blessing .
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/letter-and-gifts-from-cusco-peru.html

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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
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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
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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
3 weeks 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.
3 weeks 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
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 weeks ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 weeks ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 weeks ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 weeks ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
1 month ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
2 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 months ago
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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