Gulsan Temple and Surrounding Area

Gulsan Temple was founded around the middle of the ninth century. Alas, it did not survive the Anti-Buddhist Joseon Dynasty which came to power in 1392 and set out to reduce that religion’s influence in the country. The land that once belonged to the temple is covered with farms now, with just a few artefacts remaining. I went out that way about a week ago to make a few photographs.

A sign pointing the way to a temple artefact. The sign has just been transliterated instead of translated. To be useful to a foreign traveller, it should read, “Gulsan Temple Statue of a Sitting Buddha.”
The sign for the sitting Buddha is next to the most famous artefact of the temple and one of Gangneung’s best known traditional treasures. These two stones have holes drilled into them so that banners can be hung up.
A view of the hills through the tourist information sign next to the banner stones.
This group of trees is visible in the view of the hills above.
The sitting Buddha in his ‘house’.
The Buddha’s face is missing, though the reason is not known.
Buddha’s neighbours
Korean fields are usually small, and farmers use these multi-purpose tractors in them. The cart can be detached and various tools such as plows attached. Buses only come to the bus stop in the background a couple of times a day.
Self-portrait at traffic mirror.
The building on the right is a typical farmer’s house made of concrete with a brick facing. The building on the left is new, but I don’t know what it is.
A woman working in the fields.
These wheelie bins are usually for food waste, but there seem to be a lot of them for such a small neighbourhood.
Stone circle for shamanistic rites.
Entrance to the stone circle

6 thoughts on “Gulsan Temple and Surrounding Area”

  1. I like these Marcus – favourites are the woman in the field and the stone circle. Can you get into it? Could be a subject of exploration, though you have to be careful with such places – always ask permission (of the stones) before photographing!

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    1. Thanks. I almost didn’t notice the woman as I was walking over a small bridge. As for the stone circle, I could easily walk over the rope at the entrance, but the rope is there for a reason I imagine. Also, I’m not sure if it’s private land or not.

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  2. That’s a great set of shots, Marcus. All that beautiful stonework in particular comes out well in B&W, as do the hills with the low cloud. There’s so much of interest in that area – if it was close by, I’d be there a lot. Are these sorts of places free to visit?

    The woman in the field is great, too. Just on her own, working the ground by hand.

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    1. Thanks very much. The things in this set of photos are cared for by someone at City Hall(?), but they are basically just ‘lying around’ in the countryside. They aren’t in a park or anything.

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