Tomb of King Sinmun in 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 ..
Rape flowers in full blossom around Silla 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.......
Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju Photo by Seyun Oh Situated at the northeast edge of the Wolseong palace site in central Gyeongju, Anapji is an artificial pond constructed by order of King Munmu of Silla Kingdom in 674 CE, and was a part of the Wolseong palace complex, especially for the Crown Prince. The pond irregular shaped seen from above with 200m from east to west and 180m long from north to south contains three small isl..
Oreung or Five Royal Tombs 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 t..
Silla & Stupa 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 오층석탑Photo by Seyun Oh location at 678 Nawon-ri Hyeongokmyeon Gyeongju City Owned by the Central Government Managed by Gyeongju CityNational Treasure No. 39, designated Dec 20th, 1962 In the amidst of dismantlement and repair November 1995~July..
Songgwangsa Temple in Spring Suncheon, Jeollanamdo Province順天松廣寺 / 순천 송광사, Photo by Seyun OhSonggwangsa (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 a..
Songgwangsa Temple Songgwangsa Temple, 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 ..