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Hongryongsa: Rainbow Dragon Temple

By on Aug 5, 2014 in Korea, Photography, Where to Shoot | 13 comments

I first saw this place posted on the Busan Lightstalkers page and I was interested. Where else can you find a temple next to a flowing waterfall near Ulsan or Busan? I had to investigate further. I searched Dale’s Korean Temple Adventures site, which is my go-to site for temples. It has the most comprehensive listing and detailed descriptions of Korean Temples and it always has what I am looking for. Getting to this temple is really tricky if you don’t have your own set of wheels. It sits up in the mountains of Yangsan and I did not see any signs for buses past the little village. Thus, it is better to catch a ride with someone or even take a taxi up. I did see many taxis waiting around there. Shooting was great and the rush of the Rainbow Dragon Waterfall was amazing. It was unlike any other temple that I have been to in Korea. Not to mention that is was nestled into the...

Tongdosa: Pine Trees Dancing in The Wind

By on Aug 3, 2014 in Korea, Where to Shoot | 0 comments

Few places get to me as much as Tongdosa. I have always been a big fan of this place even before I came to Korea. I remember reading about it in a Lonely Planet although I can’t find it on their site. At any rate, I have been visiting here for over 10 years. When my parents came here they really wanted to see this place too and it is a great memory that I have of their trip here. Tongdosa was first established in 646 CE according to Wikipedia and it is amazing that it still is around today. The Main Worship Hall is the only structure to survive the Imjin War. The rest of the structures were rebuilt after that time. Each part of the temple has something interesting about it and more often than not, a fantastic story attached to it. What I like most about this location are the naturally aged buildings. I love the brightly painted temples but these just show you that they have been...

Ganjeolgot Cape Beauty

By on Jul 20, 2014 in Korea, Photography, Where to Shoot | 0 comments

The Jinha area around Ulsan is an area of stark contrasts. First, it is a beautiful beach area that sits next to a huge petrochemical complex. It is also an area that has been updated the slowest out of the beach/tourist areas in Ulsan. So you have a mix of new coffee shops and old seafood shops. However, the Ganjeolgot area is a different story altogether. If you are not familiar with this area, Ganjeolgot Cape is known for two things now. Most prominently is fact that it is the first place the sun hits on the Western coast. Thus, it draws thousands of people out each years to view the New Years sunrise. It was also another filming location for “May Queen” a Korean drama. The location is a little difficult to get to if you are coming in from Ulsan or for that matter anywhere because both entry points are single lane highways that can get congested. I usually take the...

Haedong Younggunsa Temple 2014

By on May 11, 2014 in Korea, Photography, Where to Shoot | 0 comments

In the last Buddha’s birthday spot that I went to this year, I bring you Haedong Younggunsa! One of my favourite temples and a beauty of a temple to shoot at during this decorative time. The sad part is that you will be fighting for “the spot” with a few hundred other photographers. At any rate, I was happy to be there as I met up with the great photographer Macbeth Omega. Like most photographers who are waiting for the blue hour, we chatted for a bit and then went our separate ways to find the best location to shoot the temple. I decided to see what all the fuss was about as 99% of the other photographers gathered around the rocks to shoot the temple at a distance. It was a great location but the constant shuffle of photographers started to irritate me. I had a few guys come dangerously close to knocking over my camera as they tried to shuffle around to get the best...

Beomosa Temple

By on May 6, 2014 in Korea, Photography, Where to Shoot | 0 comments

As you probably know, I now work at Busan University of Foreign Studies which sits right next to Beomosa Temple. I visited there a few weeks ago when the cherry blossoms were blooming. I returned there last night to check on the lanterns for Buddha’s birthday and was really impressed.   As I noted in my last post, I was not really feeling the lanterns this year but Beomosa really impressed me. It was not an “over-the-top” display like Samgwangsa but a more elegant display. Paths were lit by red lanterns and you were guided to the main pavilion by them as well. The trees along the main path looked amazing in the red glow of the lanterns. Just before the main hall and pavillion in what is normally think is the parking lot, now it the site for the larger lanterns and an area to pray and send your condolences to the victims and their families. In the fading light it...

Junggwangsa Temple 2014

By on May 4, 2014 in Korea, Photography, Where to Shoot | 0 comments

Like an old friend that will always be there, Junggwangsa temple and I go way back. If you have been following this blog for awhile then you will know that I always head there during Buddha’s Birthday. This year was a quick visit as I was looking for something to really pop out at me. Nothing really did and I went home with the usual stock images that you will most likely see coming from numerous photographers in the area. The plan for this long weekend is to hit as many temples as I can. To be honest, I am a little behind as Junggwangsa was supposed to be scheduled for Friday night but a night out with my lovely wife and a box of fried chicken was more important. At any rate, as Saturday came to a close I was in the car with coffee in hand to get some shots. I stopped off at the K-Water Revolving cafe that I wrote about on Ulsan Online a while ago to catch the sunset before it...

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