A different world: Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul

My story today takes place in Seoul. More precisely in Gangnam, but I will not talk about the luxury shops or the famous restaurants of the area, but about a totally different place: the Bongeunsa Temple.

This is one of the most beautiful places in Seoul, hiding a history of more than 1000 years.

From the moment I entered the courtyard of the temple, I heard a fascinating traditional music and quickly went to the place where the sound came from. There, beside a huge statue that seemed to watch over the whole city, I watched a dance show performed by a lovely girl dressed in the traditional hanbok costume.

I continued walking on an alley full of white lanterns marked with hope messages of those visiting the temple. The alley led me to the main temple where I felt I had entered another world. The sky was made up of white lanterns or different colors, in different areas, hundreds of messages hanging overhead, rising to the sky. The monk’s voice was heard from the temple, accompanied by beautiful sounds that came directly into your heart, giving you a sense of tranquility.

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I stood there, in that oasis of positive energy and silence, forgetting for a few good minutes about everything that was beyond the gates of this truly special place, hoping to come back one day.

by E.

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Povestea mea de azi are loc in Seoul. Mai exact in Gangnam, dar nu am sa vorbesc despre magazinele luxoase sau restaurantele faimoase din zona, ci despre un loc total diferit: Templul Bongeunsa.

Acest este unul dintre cele mai frumoase locuri din Seoul, ascunzand o istorie de peste 1000 de ani.

Din clipa in care am intrat in curtea templului, am auzit o muzica ademenitoare, traditionala si repede am mers spre locul unde se auzea. Acolo, langa o statuie imensa, care pare ca vegheaza asupra intregului ora, am urmarit un spectacol de dans realizat de o minunata fata imbracata in costumul traditional, hanbok .

Am continuat plimbarea pe o alee plina de lanterne albe inscriptionate de mesaje de speranta ale celor care vizitau templul. Aleea m-a condus spre templul principal unde am simtit ca am intrat intr-o alta lume. Cerul era format din lanterne albe sau diferite colori, pe diferite zone, sute de mesaje atarnate deasupra capului, inaltate spre cer. Din templu se auzea vocea calugarului acompaniata de niste sunete frumoase care iti intrau direct in inima, dandu-ti o stare de liniste.

Am stat acolo, in acea oaza de energie pozitiva si de liniste, uitand pentru cateva minute bune de tot ce era dincolo de portile acestui loc cu adevarat deosebit, sperand ca intr-o zi sa ma reintorc.

by E.

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