From the land of Kimchi is a travel blog by a Samsung engineer from India whose travel experiences in South Korea are captured in this blog.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Waujongsa Temple is a well known landmark in the Gyeonggi-do province attracting hundreds of tourists everyday. It is about an hours drive from Suwon station. The road meanders around farmlands, lakes and finally makes way to the temple. The temple seems to be constructed on a hill, there are few relics at the base and after a 10 minute climb there are few more. The history of Lord Buddha is painted on the walls of the temple and are quite self explanatory. Wau+jeongsa, literally meaning resting Buddha and is very similar depictions of Vishnu in the form of Vishnu shayana in Southern India. One can observe the sleeping Buddha statue in one of the temples.
One of the eye catching idols is the huge bronze based head of Buddha just at the entrance, numerous other bronze Buddha's statue surround this bronze based marvel and is a spectacular sight to see.
There are over 3,000 Buddhist statues on the temple grounds, the most famous of which are the Buldu (Buddha heads) placed at the entrance and the Wabul (reclining Buddha statue) stationed in the middle of the mountain. The 8m-high Buldu is the largest of its kind and the Wabul, which is made from a juniper tree from Indonesia, is 3m in height and 12m in length. As the world’s biggest wooden Buddhist sculpture, the Buldu has been registered in the Guinness Book of Records. [Source from Korea tourism website]
One of the other unique things about the temple is the Pagoda of Unification, located besides the stairs of the Hall of Nirvana. The pagoda is comprised of stones brought by visitors from various holy sites all over the world. Hence, the construction of the Pagoda is a never-ending progress. As a symbol of the pervading hope for world peace, a wide range of Buddhist statues from many countries including India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China and Thailand are on display around the temple, allowing visitors to learn about Buddhist cultures from all over the world.[Source from Korea tourism website]
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