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Monday, July 23, 2012

[Tour/Press Article] Manbulsa, where you can get a new look into Buddhist temples.








Manbulsa,

where you can get a new look into Buddhist temples.


In Korea, there are so many temples that are beautifully painted and ornately decorated, it can be overwhelming to see them all. Daegu residents are lucky then, to have one of the more memorable and unique temples in Korea just a quick train or bus ride away.



Manbulsa is styled in a way that is reminiscent of Thailand and Japan. There is a golden lantern tower also, something I have never seen in Korea. It is large, featuring three spires jutting towards the sky. The gold, beautifully detailed tower is at its best in the summer sun. Around the base are rows of statues of children wearing red scarves, occasionally one is draped with prayer beads or surrounded by little candies. They are all kneeling down, hands together in prayer. These were paid for by families who had chosen not to have a child, as a way to repent the sin and help the child have a gentle and easy death. 


Across from the lantern tower is a three story pagoda with a bell on the base level. It towers above the other buildings in a way that is seldom seen in Korea. It is painted in the typical fashion for temple buildings in Korea, with the intricate roofing tiles to boot. I especially love the tiny bells hanging from each corner on every level, softly chiming in the distance.  



The main temple building is just as adorned as the rest of the area. In front is a small garden area with statues, my favorite of which is a green, emaciated Buddha reaching enlightenment. The exterior walls, seeming at first to just be gold, are actually lined with meticulously placed Buddhas. Under each one is a name of a donor. The temple’s construction started in 1995, so this is a rare chance to see a place where the donators and constructors are likely to still be there, meditating silently inside. 


Walking past the main building, there are golden rolls and a maze. Spin the rolls and walk through the maze to get rid of bad karma. The Buddhist statues continue up the road, with beautiful trees and gardens along the way. There is an unpaved trail through a wooded area (uphill, but not too difficult to require special shoes and a level of fitness). A small enclosure features some deer living on the mountain.


Once at the top, you cannot miss the golden Buddha towering from the top of the mountain. It is enormous, and the gold makes it much more gaudy and eye catching than most in Korea. Smaller Buddhas line the walkway, and several statues are situated around the area. Take your time and appreciate the detail given to each one, they are truly beautiful. 



From there, there is a path to walk through the area. It leads through rows and rows of headstones to a large reclining Buddha. Best of all, this height gives a great view of the temple, both the pagoda and the lantern tower and the surrounding area from above.


Visit Manbulsa to get a new look into Buddhist temples and appreciate the amazing sights just out of the city. 



- Getting there is easy. 


By train, take a slow train from Dongdaegu to Yeongcheon, and from there grab a taxi for 10,000-15,000 won to Manbulsa. If you would rather not pay for a cab, walk 700 m from the train station to the bus terminal, a local bus will take you there also. 
For more information, check out http://www.manbulsa.org/global_site/english/




* additional information from one of our blog visitors


another way is to go to Dongbu terminal close to dongdaegu. from there regular buses goto Impo which is a roadside stop after Yeongchan. from there you can walk or take a cab to the temple for about 4000w. be sure to take his number to come back as he is the only cab driver in impo. check the return bus times from Impo to Daegu







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  1. another way is to go to Dongbu terminal close to dongdaegu. from there regular buses goto Impo which is a roadside stop after Yeongchan. from there you can walk or take a cab to the temple for about 4000w. be sure to take his number to come back as he is the only cab driver in impo. check the return bus times from Impo to Daegu

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