May 1st, 2006
to the left is that of the largest Buddha head statue in the world.
Situated in the Gyeonggi province, the Wawoojeongsa temple where this bronze
statue is located can be easily reached by car approximately 70 km from home in
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, after hosting visitors (relatives and
friends) in Korea for the last 3½ years, we were fast
tired of visiting the normal tourist traps. This visit to the
Wawooojeongsa made the trip interesting (for us anyway) because it is the first
time that we've been here.
For those who want to travel to this temple in the near future: The
trip took us south on the Gyeongbu Expressway (National Highway 1), then turn
eastwards onto the Yeongdong Expressway (East-West National highway 50), exiting
on the Yongin interchange. Head south along National Road 45 for about 1.2
km, before turning eastwards again onto Local Road 57 - directions to the
Wawoojeongsa should then be very clear.
With so many statuettes of Buddha's all over the temple grounds, this place
looked more like a museum than a temple. We understood that in one
location, there was a series of 5 bronze buddha statues, weighing more than
50,000 tons each. The largest timber sleeping Buddha is also found here.
It is made from Indonesian Juniper timber.
On a different but coarser note, the Yellow Dust storm have been wielding
havoc all over Korea with dust levels reaching the mid 300 µg/m³,
way past the SEVERE level as defined by the US Military. Breathing has
been a challenge and its imperative for the elderly, weak and. children to
remain indoors, avoid physical activities, avoid wearing contact lenses, drinks
lots of water and stay humid.
well ! .... Jeanette and Raymond Han