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The Deawoongjeon of the Boseoksa, beauty of simplicity.

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slowwalker
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Like every other temple, the most significant and meaningful place in the Boseoksa is the Deawoongjeon because it is the specific temple to keep and worship Buddha’s statues.
The Deawoongjeon of the Boseoksa was destroyed during the war with Japan in 1592-1599, and it was rebuilt 300 years ago.
The last queen of the Joseon dynasty rebuilt the Boseoksa. It was firstly created in the late 9th century and destroyed during the Imjin war. The Deawoongjeon was destroyed 700 years later since it had been made originally.

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Looking at the base of the place where the Deawoongjeon was built, it is similar to the temple style of the Baekje dynasty.
Initially, this area belonged to the Baekje dynasty. After the Silla dynasty defeated the Baekje dynasty, the Silla dynasty ruled this area. Although the Silla dominated the Baekje in the past, the Silla dynasty would not be able to change all of the lifestyles of the Baekje's region.

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The Deawoongjeon of the Boseoksa is very simple. It’s neither exaggerated nor fancy, but neat.

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I also took a picture of it from the side. What’s interesting is that the paintings on the wall of the Daewoongjeon were quite different from those of other temples. Those paintings are not typical Buddhist paintings.
Usually, Buddhist paintings depicted the Buddha or the people who are practicing the Buddhist service.
However, the paintings of the Boseoksa are different from that.
I don’t know precisely what those paintings mean, but It seems like that ideal world is drawn.
I guess the Taoism influenced those paintings.

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The Buddha statues enshrined in the Daewoongjeon were made in the middle of the Joseon dynasty.

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Those statues have simple. The Buddha statue in the middle has the most typical face of Korean.

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Through the process of adopting the native culture, all religions change.
That Buddha statue in the Boseoksa is the most representative case.

Inside of the Deawoongjeon, there were many small Buddha statues, and murals were painted.

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Although there were few explanations for the murals in Daeungjeon, they seemed to have religious significance.
It is a part that should be studied more.


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