Saturday, October 4, 2008

Busan Day 2

Today we went to the Beomeosa Temple. Beomeosa is a Buddhist temple in South Korea built
on the slopes of Geumjeongsan, it is one of the country's leading urban temples. It was constructed in 678. At its largest, during the Goryeo dynasty, it was much larger than it is today - with over 360 rooms and more than a thousand monks in residence. The temple was burned to the ground in 1592 during the Japanese Imjin Invasion. It was reconstructed in 1602, but was burned again by an accidental fire. In 1613 it was rebuilt again.

While we were there we made lotus flowers in a festival activity that some volunteers for the city were holding.
Views of the temple:

Map of the groundsEntranceFront GateInside the shrinesA pagodaUp close of a prayer lantern
Video of a perfomance:

While leaving the palace grounds we ate pajeon which is a pancake-like Korean dish made mostly of eggs and flour, with green onion similar to a Chinese Green onion pancake. It is sometimes referred to as a Korean version of pizza, since one may add several different ingredients to it. Kimchi and seafood, such as squid, are added along with other vegetables such as carrots, onions, etc. Pretty much anything we read about going to Beomeosa Temple recommended that we have this before leaving the area.

After that we walked around the city of Busan. We had dinner then we went to Krispy Kreme. I think that it is possibly the first time I have ever been to Krispy Kreme... Anyway I got a picture of the conveyor belt of donuts, I thought it was cool.

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