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one of the three "Jewel Temples" of Korea
 

- Haeinsa -
 
 


Haeinsa
- old pines line the road from the first gate to the temple entrance -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- the gate to the Haeinsa temple -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- inside the first courtyard -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- wall details -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- architecture in great harmony with nature -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- the Main Hall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- the Great Hall -
- take note of the "dan-chung" painting below the roof -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- Dan Chung painting at it's best -
- the magnificent decorated front of the main hall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- detail-
- a closer look of the magnificent "Dan Chung" painting -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- detail-
- more "Dan Chung" painting -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- detail-
- and more "Dan Chung" painting -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- procession with monks, - and a wall decorated with Buddhist paintings -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- details-
- "Dan Chung- and Buddhist paintings -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- detail, - a side door - Let's go inside -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- inside the Main Hall, - golden Buddha's -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- high above the golden Buddha's, - a look straight up towards the painted ceiling of the Great Hall -
Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- view over the temple complex -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- the main court yard with pagoda and stone lantern -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- detail -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- details -
- take note of the characteristic peak of Jeilbong in the background -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Heiensa
- the lecture- and meditation hall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- the massive drum- and bell tower -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- the drum- and bell tower -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- view over the temple compound -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Haeinsa
- temple roofs -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Haeinsa
- this wall divides the temple compound to the left with the library to the right -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 

The Haeinsa Library

This library is not just a library in the normal sense of the word, but must for sure be one of the most unique libraries in the World.
This library holds the Tripitaka Koreana , - over 80.000 printing blocks made of wood -, containing the wisdom of the Buddha - -
Being the place that holds the "Wisdom of the Buddha" is the reason why Haeinsa is considered to be one of the three "Jewel Temples" of Korea - - -
Therefore this unique temple deserves a separate section in this web site - - -

Note:
When talking about printing blocks, it might be a good opportunity to mention, that the Koreans printed books long before Gutenberg in Europe came up with the same idea - - - -
In other words, - Gutenberg was not the inventor of the printing technique - - - That honour should rightfully go to Korea.
 
 

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Updated:  March 07.2005
               March 14.2005
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