- Posted May 12, 2014 by
Incheon, South Korea
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Celebrating Buddha's birthday at Yong gungsa temple,Incheon, South Korea
Buddism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. The followers of the preachings of Lord Buddha range between 300 million or equal to the population of USA or to 1.6 billion a little more than the population of China, roughly equal to 1/7th the population of the world. In a recent visit to South Korea in the aftermath of the young lives lost in sea, I found South Korea to be resilient and getting on with life. It was no surprise that I found Seoul downtown was lit with lanterns on the eve of the birthday of the founder of Buddism on May 14th few centuries before Christ. The following day I visited the Yonggunsa temple, one of the oldest in Korea. This temple nestled in scenic hills a few miles from the Incheon (Seoul) airport is a very calm place with statues of Buddha surrounded by trees and flowering plants and 100s of lanterns to mark the birth anniversary of Buddha. Shown here are images of the temple area that give a very soothing feeling of the times in a place remaining embedded in centuries before our times. My tour guide, who was trained in Alabama, USA for the Korean army was very knowledgeable and was able to converse very well and fill me in on my curiosity about the spiritual nature of a leading industrialized country in the world.