Probably the most common cliché you’ll read in any travel guide about Seoul is that it’s a city of contrasts, a city of old and new. One of the spots where this is most apparent is up the small hill behind Bongeunsa, just behind the standing Mireuk Buddha.
8 thoughts on “Sunday Photo; BongEunSa Mireuk”
Below the giant Mireuk statue are a few of the temple’s structures contrasted in the distance by Seoul’s financial district, including the World Trade Center and COEX, Korea’s largest mall. When the temple was first founded, still a far distance from the city’s gates traveling by foot or ox-drawn cart, I imagine there was little more than trees surrounding the grounds. But, as the Buddha taught, the nature of all phenomena is transitory.
Aside from the fact that I just really like this picture (and spent 3 hours Photoshop-ping it this morning^^), it holds a special significance for my Dharma Brothers and myself, as we usually gathered here after the Saturday afternoon Dharma talks, and forged the links that bonded our Sangha. It’s also where, a few weeks after this picture was taken, I first saw my wife (but that’s another story…). After evening chants and bows, I usually climbed the path leading up to this spot to sit for a while, take some photos as the clouds passed, the sunset faded, or, in this case, as the moon rose along the horizon.
You Photoshop your pictures!!??? I’m … I’m… well!… I’m thrilled and relieved! 😀
haha, I’ll tell you what, moons just don’t come out that nicely with a wide angle lens, no matter how good you are! ^^
The way I see it is, there’s hardly a single aspect of making a photo that doesn’t require some processing, usually I just tweak the contrast, this one I went fully into…
Thank you so much Joseph for this beautiful picture of a very special place.
PS, for anyone that missed it, much more from me on Bongeunsa here:
Thank you for putting the time into this, Joseph!
I really enjoy it!
The hardest part is usually just deciding which photo to use! ^^
Yet another great Sunday photo! ॐ
Thank you! 佛