Destination: Songgwangsa (Suncheon, Jeollanam-do)

The monks were everywhere. One was beating his wooden moktok, another was laboriously carrying a load of plants, and a third was walking through the courtyard. A number were meditating behind one of the hall’s closed doors, while even more were seen walking in a separate section of the temple, restricted to visitors. One was even seen bringing a Dunkin’ Donuts bag into the monks-only section. At that point, the Lady in Red pinched me, telling me that this is indeed not a dream – there really are lots of monks here. Then again, why wouldn’t they be?

Shanghai Living: Jade Buddha Temple, Former residence of Mao Zedong and Contest winner!

Wow it is hard to believe that it has been almost two months in China. Soon it will be Spring Festival here. Spring Festival is China's biggest holiday. I am looking forward to the time off and checking out some things. Travel may be impossible during this time as everyone is travelling in China at that time. I will check out some more things in Shanghai and possibly buy a motorcycle. Ok more than likely I will buy a motorcycle, as long as it stops snowing.

Enjoy the video!

Hiking Geumgang Park to the South Gate

Two steps off the cable car that brought us halfway up the mountain in Geumgang park in Busan, we realize this sprawling city is even more sprawling than previously suspected. Looking down, we see tiny buildings and bridges and metro tracks. Looking around ourselves, it's hard to remember we're in the middle of the city at all. 

Destination: Yongmunsa (Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do)

Not to be confused with the surrounding Yongmunsan Resort (용문산관광지), Yongmunsa offers a thousand-year-old tree just outside of a temple founded as the Silla dynasty was ending. It seems a bit disingenuous to put an amusement park right next to a Buddhist temple, but there it is.

Destination: Yongjusa (Hwaseong city, Gyeonggi-do)

This deva carries the pagoda in one hand and a deadly weapon in the other - bow to all four, including 다문천왕 (deo-mun-cheon-wang) before passing through.

Yongjusa (용주사, 龍珠寺) is unique among Korean temples for having a 홍살문 (hong-sal-mun), or a gate typically found at the entrance of a royal tomb:

Destination: Guryongsa / Chiaksan National Park (Wonju city, Gangwon-do)

Called 'the weekend gateway for residents of the Seoul Metropolitan Area', Chiaksan National Park covers 181 square kilometers just east of Wonju. The focus here is on Guryongsa, the temple inside the park. Literally 'Nine Dragon Temple', Guryongsa has a wonderful legend behind its name - and the temple's creation. Buddhist Master Ui Sang left the Wonju area and headed for the Chiaksan mountain

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Now Truly Sacred

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Photos by Peter DeMarco

Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Barcelona last weekend to consecrate Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia or Temple of the Holy Family.

The basilica is slated to be completed in 2026. When finished, it will become the world’s tallest church at 170m (560ft). George Orwell once said it was one of the world’s most hideous buildings. Today most people would disagree as it is a major Spanish tourist attraction and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more info and some amazing video of inside the main nave, take a look at this story on the BBC.  You’ll see that Gaudi’s vision was truly divine.

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Now Truly Sacred

Antonio Gaudi, the architect of the Sagrada Familia, was from Catalunya, Spain. ~ Photo P. DeMarco


Photos by Peter DeMarco

Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Barcelona last weekend to consecrate Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia or Temple of the Holy Family.


moto’d up to beomeosa, checked out some buddhas, saw some of the fall colors.

holy moly, it was pretty. you could make a donation and write a prayer on a shingle for the roof of the temple.

Destination: Jangneung and Bodeoksa (Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do)

Above - built in 1973, this pavilion celebrates Park Chung-won - the magistrate of Yeongwol county in 1541 who had a vision to rebuild the tomb and hold memorial services. Just like the other Joseon Dynasty tombs in Korea, this site is a UNESCO World Heritage.My friend Rob (AKA the K-blogger Roboseyo) and I had the opportunity to trek a couple hours east to Gangwon-do. Although the destinations

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