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The meaning of the Boseoksa and its gates.


8 months agoSteemit2 min read

To properly appreciate the beauty of Korean temples, experiences are required.
Experiences make the ability to find detailed characteristics of temples.
The ability to recognize the small differences doubles the pleasure of feeling beauty.
Boseoksa is a regular temple that doesn’t have a long history nor a large scale.
However, this ordinary temple gave me great pleasures.

Right after passing through the pillar’s gate, I could see the temple.
There were no walls or gates other than the pillar’s gate. Tiles were piled in the yard of the temple. The long piled tiles divided the front yard of the temple in half.
The stacked tiles had a strange geometric beauty.




Then, I found the gate on the opposite side of the yard.
I wondered why the gate was at the backyard instead of the front yard where people crowded. The back gate was simple but well balanced.



I went out of the temple through the back gate after taking a picture of it.
The back gate seen from the outside of the temple was utterly different from the simple entrance seen inside of the temple.
The gate seen from the below and the wooden bridge across the stream made a spectacular landscape.
I could see a completely different look, depending on the point of view.


I went into the temple again and saw a new gate in front of Daewoongjeon ( a specific temple which keeps Budhha’s statue )
It wasn’t painted yet, so I assumed that it was made quite recently.
I don’t know what the name of this gate would be in the future, but I’m sure that the meaning of this gate would be significant.



I could guess the reason for making this gate. This gate was built to make it difficult to see the Daewoongjeon from the outside because the Deawoongjeon is the most important building in the temple. People try to hide something if it is crucial.

I watched the Deawoongjeon through the new gate.
The Deawoongjeon and the new gate were lined up in a straight row.
As the gate of the backyard, this new one was at a place where people were not passing by.

There were two gates in the Boseoksa. None of them was for protecting the temple.
Then, what do the gates of the Buseoksa mean?


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