Sunday Photo; Maitreya Hall

Though the grounds of the Gold Mountain Temple are scattered with National Treasures, the most striking of them all is the three storied Maitreya Hall, the only one of its kind remaining in Korea.

Originally built in 599, the current buildings have been standing since 1635, after the entire complex was burned to the ground due to the discovery of a small army of monks who had gathered to train here in hopes to fight off the Japanese invaders.

There must have been intense debates among the temples at the time about whether or not to fight the Japanese. In the end the reasoning was that, ultimately, to fight them off would be less harmful. I believe the analogy was, if you see a rabid dog charging a group of children, it’s better the kill the dog than to allow it to attack the children. To borrow the conclusion of another anecdote, perhaps they struck down their opponents with all the compassion they could muster.

 

10 thoughts on “Sunday Photo; Maitreya Hall”

  1. Good morning!

    Interesting story. just yesterday night my son and i had a lively discussion about wether a culture should/could be saved by force or not.

    lovely lotus…
    have a nice Sunday everyone!

    1. Thank you Evelyn,
      It’s funny, when i saw your “Good morning!” I was confused for a second…
      I have to wait until Sunday evening to post because of the time difference in Korea. Even then, it’s still Saturday night on the west coast in North America!

      It’s interesting, my posts seem to be for you this month! hehe ^_^

  2. As always, a beautiful Sunday photo. Love the perspective of looking across the lotus.

    Did you get into the pond for that pic? 8^)

    1. haha, it would have been fun to climb in! It was actually a stone pool they were growing in, the perspective makes it look a bit bigger that it was.

      Thanks!

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