- Posted September 21, 2013 by
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South Koreans Celebrate Chuseok
During the three day holiday, traffic grinds to a halt on major highways as Koreans return to their hometowns to gather together with family, share traditional meals and pay their respects to their ancestors at their gravesites.
Many Koreans flock to local temples, like the 1300 year old Beomeosa temple in Busan.
Visitors will pass through three gates on the way to the temple grounds and many will often stop and bow to the Buddhist protectors guarding the second gate.
Visitors are rewarded at the end of their journey with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside when they finally reach the steps of the main hall.
Adjacent buildings are also worthy of investigating, each with its own unique interior, and hiking trails await the more adventurous who would like to explore the local mountainside.
This is also a working monastery where you might see monks in prayer or practicing for a drum ceremony.