46 일째 – Wanju (완주) : Wibongsa Temple (위봉사)

Day 2 in Jeonju included a side trip to Wanju, a town near Jeonju.  It was about a 30 minutes drive and it had a quiet temple.

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The road to the temple was a serene one, it also felt really rural, it was great!  The road up also has some newly built hanok houses, although most have already been converted into coffee shops.

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The Uibongsa temple is located within the Wibongsan Castle but all that is left of the latter is the Wibongsanseong fortress walls.

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Still at the temple, it had been snowing before so it really felt like winter.

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As it was a bit cold, there wasn’t a lot of visitors at this place.  Most who came here, came to pray.  It was the first time I had to go down on all knees, arms, and forehead to pray too.  A little bit of a cultural shock but it was interesting.

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There is also a monastery here, so parts of the temple are off limits to the public.

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We think that this must be what old Korean must feel like … mountains far ahead and simple hanok houses with smoke coming from the.. chimney …?

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There is also a large bell and drums here, perhaps it gets rung during important holidays … I am not sure but I do feel like the temple is quite important.

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So many nice picture opportunities here 🙂

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I think this would be great for a temple stay.

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On the way back down to the parking lot, there are also a lot of stack rocks.

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… and that concluded on little side rtrip to Wanju 🙂

January 15, 2017/

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