- Gyeongju 2018.06.04
- Tomb of King Shinmum 2018.05.25 (2)
- Gyeongju in Peony Flowers 2018.05.15
- Tomb of King Sinmun in Gyeongju 2018.04.14
- Rape flowers in full blossom around Silla 2018.04.13
- The Great Tumuli 2018.03.31
- Oreung or Five Royal Tombs 2018.03.29
- Silla & Stupa 2018.03.23 (2)
- Songgwangsa Temple in Spring 2018.03.21
- Songgwangsa Temple 2018.03.20
Located in the suburbs of Gyeongju City
Dating back to the Unified Silla Kingdom period, a three-storied stone stupa is standing at Seakdong, Gyeongju
photo by Seyun Oh
Tomb of King Sinmun in Gyeongju
This is presumed to be the tomb of King Sinmun, the 31st ruler of the Silla kingdom. He was the eldest son of King Munmu who unified the three Kingdoms. King Sinmun firmly established royal absolitism, improving the government, and promoting national studies by sstablishing a national institute to train future lsaders.
The round earthen mound is 92m in circumference and 30m in diameter and 7.6m in height. Five layers of brick-shaped rocks surround the base of the mound. Positioned at rather short intervals are store pillars to support the stone structure around the base and tomb itself.
소재지 : 경상북도 경주시 배반동 453-1
능은 신라 제31대 신문왕(神文王, 재위 681~692. 본명 김정명)을 모신 곳으로, 경주 동남쪽 낭산(狼山) 남쪽 끝에 위치한다. 능은 둥글게 흙을 쌓은 원형 봉토분으로 밑둘레 92m, 지름 29m, 높이 7.6m다. 밑둘레에 벽돌 모양으로 다듬은 돌을 5단으로 쌓은 뒤 사다리 꼴로 생긴 44개 보호석을 설치했다. 동쪽에는 크고 긴 돌로 쌓은 상석이 있다. 신문왕은 문무왕(文武王) 맏아들로 문무왕 뜻을 이어받아 옛 백제와 고구려 백성을 융합하는데 힘썼고, 국학(國學)을 두어 인재를 양성하였다.
In late April and May of every year the center of Gyeongju, the millennium capital city of the Silla Kingdom (57 BCE ~ 935 CE) falls into rape blossoms.
Cheomseongdae, the star-gazing tower or observatory and Buddhist flagpole supports in front of Bunhwansa Temple are surrounded by the flowers in full blossom.
Along with rape flowers the monks are on their journey to seek enlightenment, and......
lovers are enjoying spring.
all the photos are taken by Seyun Oh.
Photo by Seyun Oh
Oreung (五陵), literally five royal tombs or mounds, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbukdo Province
Photo by Seyun Oh
According to legend all the mounds of Oreung belong to King Bak Hyeokgeose (박혁거세), the founder of the Silla kingdom. Samguk Yusa or Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms (삼국유사) has it that King Hyeokgeose ascended to heaven after ruling for 61 years.
Seventeen days later, his dead body fell down to earth from heaven, scattered in five pieces, upon which Alyeong, his queen concubine died.
As the people attempted to bury the five pieces of the king's body in a tomb, along with the deceased queen, a large snake appeared and prevented them from doing so. Hindered by the snake, the people had to bury the royal remains in five separate mounds, hence the name “Sareung” (蛇陵), meaning “Serpent Tombs.”
However, actually Oreung consists of 6 mounds because one of them is twin-mounded.
Five-storied Stone Stupa at Nawon-ri Village, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbukdo Province
8th century, Unified Silla Kingdom Period (668~935 AD)
慶州羅原里五層石塔 / 경주 나원리 오층석탑
Photo by Seyun Oh
location at 678 Nawon-ri Hyeongokmyeon Gyeongju City
Owned by the Central Government
Managed by Gyeongju City
National Treasure No. 39, designated Dec 20th, 1962
In the amidst of dismantlement and repair November 1995~July 1996, Sarira Reliquaries were excavated from the third story of the pagoda.
Suncheon, Jeollanamdo Province
順天松廣寺 / 순천 송광사, Photo by Seyun Oh
Songgwangsa (Hangul: 송광사; Hanja: 松廣寺) translation: Spreading Pine Temple; alternates: Songgwang-sa, or Songgwang Sa, or Songkwangsa; also known as: Piney Expanse Monastery; originally: Gilsangsa), one of the three jewels of Seon Buddhism, is located in South Jeolla Province on Mount Songgwangsan on the Korean Peninsula. Situated approximately 18 miles (29 km) away from the sea, it is within the Jogyesan Provincial Park.
For more information on the temple, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songgwangsa