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.
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:
Inside the woods, I found a big flat rock and I chose that place to eat my Gimbab lunch.
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:
5 Nov 2013
From inside the cable car, I saw a path along the river at the back yard of the cable car station. I decided to follow that path, from the right side of the cable car station building. Oh boy…..I was sooooooo happy…… ^_^ …. the trail was deserted but it was amazingly beautiful.
The river didn’t have lots of water back then, so I was able to go down to the rocks and took this low angle shot:
I just couldn’t believe that this magnificent view was almost exclusively enjoyed by myself….kekeke….so every few steps I stopped and took pictures.
There was a bridge at the end of the path. Crossing the bridge would take me to Sinheungsa Temple.
But I didn’t cross it because something BIG caught my attention. So I turned around and walked back to the direction of the Sogongwon Cable Car Station.
It’s the 10 m Bronze Jwabul Statue:
I walked passed the post where you could write your wishes on a black roof tile and donate some money.
It’s interesting to see that sometimes people stopped by to read what was written on the tiles.
And here’s the awesome Buddha statue:
On the right side of the platform, there was a small spring with plastic dipper and there were several ahjussi drinking from the dipper.
I guess it’s part of the praying ritual …. something like a wishing spring….kekeke….anyway….I was thirsty so I followed what the ahjussi did and drank the water too while wishing for good health ^_^
After that I continue my journey to find the best place to eat my Gimbap.