Yeppeun (예쁜)!

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:IMG_7668There is another bridge, made from white stone, parallel from the wood bridge:IMG_7671 IMG_7674 IMG_7676The 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.

IMG_7677 IMG_7679 IMG_7680 IMG_7681IMG_7683In 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 .IMG_7684IMG_7686  IMG_7687

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.IMG_7685 IMG_7688 IMG_7689 IMG_7692 IMG_7691 IMG_7690  IMG_7693 IMG_7694From 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.

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Walking in the woods around the temple was heavenly, especially for those who loves seeing the colorful autumn leaves.

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There were also panels here and there with educational information, sadly, it’s in Korean. I guess it explains the usage of a type of tree, such as this one:IMG_7707IMG_7709IMG_7710 IMG_7711 IMG_7713 IMG_7714 IMG_7715 IMG_7716 IMG_7717 IMG_7718

Inside the woods, I found a big flat rock and I chose that place to eat my Gimbab lunch.20131105_125004

It’s so refreshing to have a picnic there, among the beautiful autumn leaves, watching other people passing by…..and….I even had a guest there…..it’s this cute little squirrel:IMG_7723 IMG_7720

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