There are few halls I’ve stepped into as impressive as this one, on the south coast of Jeju, Korea’s semi-tropical island. The hall itself is enormous, as are the Buddhas and the dragons that coil the beams supporting the massive roof.
The walls and ceilings of the three floors are covered in Zen paintings and as you circle the upper balconies, the dragons take turns eying you from different angles.
I’ve been to the island three times and have been sure to visit Yakcheonsa, the Medicine Stream Temple, each time. If you ever make down that way, you won’t be disappointed with a detour to the temple!
8 thoughts on “Sunday Photo; Yakcheon Temple’s main shrine”
wow! I can only imagine how huge these are. There is a definite surreal, otherworldly sense conveyed in the photo. The lighting looks like it contributes to this too!
I really like the lavender robes on the gold Buddhas, too.
Here’s one more shot, you can get a good sense of scale from the monk below…
I’m glad I clicked on the image to get a larger, more detailed view. It look genuinely incredible – thanks, Joseph!
When you make it back to Korea, you just might enjoy a trip to the island… It’s pretty much still Korea, but with Palm trees! It gets a bit too touristy in places but it’s not hard to find some nice laid back areas.
Detour? Blimey, going by your magnificent picture, it wouldn’t be a detour, it’d be the single destination!
Thanks again for another wonderful Sunday photo!
I really like how they did the aura/corona’s around the statues. And the color scheme of light blue and gold is beautiful and quite unique for a Korean temple.
If you guys want to hear a English dharma talk which was held at this beautiple temple you can check http://www.wonkwangsa.net
Fabulous site! Thank you so much Ami! Thee’s a lot of good stuff there. Thank you!