Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

The first entry gates to Beomeosa Temple, Busan, South Korea, on Mt. Geumjeongsan, named as such -- Geumsaem (gold well) – which gives the temple its name, “fish from heaven”

The first entry gates to Beomeosa Temple, Busan, South Korea, on Mt. Geumjeongsan, named as such — Geumsaem (gold well) – which gives the temple its name, “fish from heaven”

 

“Beomeosa Temple (범어사) is located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan, a famous mountain in Busan.  About 1,300 years ago it was constructed by monk Ui Sang in the 18th year (678) of King Munmu (reign 661~681) of the Silla Kingdom (the kingdom mainly occupied the Gyeongsang-do Province region in 678 A.D.).  In the geography book Donggukyeojiseungram the origin of Beomeosa Temple is written as follows: 
”There is a well on the top of Mt. Geumjeongsan and the water of that well is gold.  The golden fish in the well rode the colorful clouds and came down from the sky.  This is why the mountain is named Geumsaem (gold well) and the temple is named “fish from heaven”.’  

The original Beomeosa Temple building was lost during Imjinwaeran Invasion (Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592) but was renovated in 1713, which remains as it now is.  Daeungjeon is one of the most delicate and luxurious architectures of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910).  There is Iljumun, the three-story pagoda with four pillars, built in the 9th century, and seven royal palace wings, pavilions, three gates, and eleven hermitages.  Designated as a natural monument, the wisteria woods and valleys are most beautiful in May.” – http://www.english.visitkorea.or.kr

 

The roof of one of the upper level temple halls, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

The roof of one of the upper level temple halls, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

One of South Korea’s best known urban temples, the Beomeosa Temple complex features a striking main entry gate, multi-tiered pagoda and seven royal palace wings.

 

Inside a temple, offerings to Buddha, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Inside a temple, offerings to Buddha, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Roof tiles, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Roof tiles, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

The roof and side of one of the seven royal palace wings Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

The roof and side of one of the seven royal palace wings Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Temple roof details, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Temple roof details, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

The setting of Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea, is in a beautiful mountain forest_

The setting of Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea, is in a beautiful mountain forest

 

Three Buddhas in another temple building, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Three Buddhas in another temple building, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Korean-style “gargoyles” on roofs, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Korean-style “gargoyles” on roofs, Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Lone pine tree, Beomeosa Temple complex on Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Lone pine tree, Beomeosa Temple complex on Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Colored lanterns decorate the paths up and down the entry gates at Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Colored lanterns decorate the paths up and down the entry gates at Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Roof lines and lanterns of Beomeosa Temple set against Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Roof lines and lanterns of Beomeosa Temple set against Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

Early blossoms in a belated spring at Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

Early blossoms in a belated spring at Beomeosa Temple, Mt. Geumjeongsan, Busan, South Korea

 

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