Today was my big mini trip to Haeinsa Temple. It is famous for the Tripitaka Koreana, which are painstakingly carved wooden blocks created to repulse the Mongolian invasion (I am thinking as a prayer). There are 1,340 blocks in total, with 6,791 volumes.
It is in the area of Hapcheon but there are direct buses from Daegu via the intercity bus station in Daegu west. It costs 7000 won and 2 hours (because it stops at every major ‘myeon’ (area bigger than a village but not yet a town) in Hapcheon). The ride was a little rough and I can sense a bit of motion sickness if I was on it a little bit longer …
It was also raining … but I was convinced that even though it is raining, it would look nice because it is high up in the mountains so there should be clouds … and it didn’t disappoint!
I first went to grab something to eat because I was a little bit hungry … A lot of the shops weren’t open but luckily, as I was walking, a lady opened her door and waved me to go into her restaurant .. DONE!
There was quite a lot of food. The male owner can also speak a little bit of English! It was awesome. The name is called 감로식당.
After leaving the restuarant, I walked downhill to find the path towards the temple. Along the way, we passed by some street vendors – not a lot since it was raining but still some.
I also passed a Museum but I decided to come back to it later.
There are two paths going to the temple … one that is for motorists and another ‘nature’ path for the walkers. It is an uphill incline but not difficult.
The entrance to the temple is free and we first walk through the gate. There is actually a book and cafe shop right inside the premise (as well as a temple stay). I contemplated going there but in the end, didn’t.
This houses the bell.
The temple has more than 200 treaured items but the most treaured ones are the scripts below.
Unforutnately … we are not allowed to go in! It is all blocks off, probably for safety reasons. We aren’t even able to take photos 😦 However, at least we know it is there, safely from the rain 🙂
Here are also some of my other favorite photos from that day 🙂
… After, I visited some nearby temples but they weren’t as nice as Haeinsa.
I made my way down the path again towards the town, hoping to stop by a cafe shop located just in the middle pf the temple and the start of the path but it was closed already! Therefore, I just went into the museum. The museum is 2000 won for adults and it talks about the significants of the scripts and even have examples on how they were painstakenly done.
First, they have famous calligraphers write on a piece of paper, then they place it on a piece of wood that has been treated so it won’t rot easily. Carvers then meticulously carve the words into the wood. If there was a mistake, they would take out the entire block and glue the correct words back onto the space.
The dolls mimicking the carvers of these blocks.
Outside was still wet and disgusting so in the end, I went into the museum cafe and ordered an expensive green tea latte. The paper was my admission ticket.
The museum also has a huge lego version of Haeinsa Temple!!!
Unfortunately, the rain didn’t stop but the cafe was closing so I had no choice but to go outside into the rain. I didn’t want to go back yet so I spent another 5000 won on another latte in another coffee shop. In the end, I got home on the second last bus to Daegu.
February 22, 2017