5 Nov 2013
From the Bronze Jwabul, I continued walking to the temple. It’s easy to find because there are signposts with cute monks like this:There is another bridge, made from white stone, parallel from the wood bridge: The trail to the temple were covered with colorful leaves. On the road side, there were many stacks of rocks made by the visitors. It is believed that stacking the rocks will bring you good luck.
In front of the temple’s gate, there’s a tree with yellow leaves. There’s a family of 4 with 2 little girls walking in front of me. I heard the little girl said “Yeppeun!” excitedly while gathering the leaves. It means “Pretty” or “Beautiful”. Her mother just laugh at her antics and gave her a plastic bag to store the pretty leaves .
The Sinheungsa Temple was build around the year 590 ~ 658. The temple complex has several wooden structured buildings. It’s one of the many Korean National Treasures. Most visitors to Seoraksan will make a stop at this temple because it’s only a short walk from the entrance office and also for praying for the safety of the hike. From the temple, I decided to walk to the hiking path that lies outside the temple’s wall. It was so quiet and peaceful. You can hear the wind, the birds and insects having a ball there.
Walking in the woods around the temple was heavenly, especially for those who loves seeing the colorful autumn leaves.