Interestingly, the temple at the base of Donghwasa was more interesting than the cable car ride car ride at Palgongsan. I think had the weather was better, it would have been a fun hike (or would it…?)
The original temple was said to be built in 493, but this version was from 1732. Donghwa is 桐華, which name is derived from the legend that paulownia had bloomed here in the winter.
However, on this winter, the water had frozen over.
The complex was quite big, there was the main temple area and when we were there, they seemed to be doing some ritual for individuals making an offering.
Apparently, according to Frommer’s, practioners of Buddism was persecuted during the Joseon Dynasty, so monks hid in the mountains in the temple. That is why there were so many hermitages in the area!
The Bell Pavillion!
Further down the lane is another temple complex, this time, we see the Seokjoyaksa Yeoraebul! It is 17 meters high and was created for the reunification of Korea.
This is a complex that faces directly to the statue. When we went in, we saw some people praying towards the statue through the glass windows. It is quite smart for cold and hot weather …
My page is running out of space so I can’t upload as many photos as I want 😦
In any case, after the visit to the temple, we went back to Daegu’s Dongsongro and had dinner at 나빌레라, located in a basement. The setting was all dark and had a middle-eastern, Persian feel. However, they also have bottles and candles on the floor and next to railings, which I thought was a little dangerous. The food was around 10,000 won but it was pretty good.
Afterwards, we went parted with our Korean friend and ate at Cafe Moran, which was just next to T Class coffee we had a couple of days ago
February 11, 2017