Gokoku-ji

Gokoku-ji est un temple du Bouddhisme Shingon situĂ© dans le quartier Bunkyo de Tokyo. Le temple est fondĂ© par le cinquième shogun Tokugawa, Tsunayoshi, qui le dĂ©die Ă  sa mère. Il se distingue pour avoir survĂ©cu aux bombardements amĂ©ricains pendant la guerre alors que la plupart des autres sites historiques Ă  Tokyo ont Ă©tĂ© transformĂ©s en dĂ©combres – dont Meiji-jingĹ«, reconstruit en 1958.

Gokokuji, just east of Ikebukuro Station, is a beautiful wooden Buddhist temple founded in 1681 by the fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in honour of his mother. One of the few temples to survive the bombing of WWII, and one of the even fewer to have also survived the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Gokokuji offers a rare look at a Buddhist Temple built before the twentieth century. Besides the main temple—Honden —the grounds host a large up-kept cemetery with stone pathways, a Buddha statue, and a small pagoda. Makes for a perfectly peaceful spot for an afternoon stroll.
Every year, the temple celebrates Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) on April 6 to commemorate Buddha’s birthday. The temple is also popular during cherry blossom season as it has many varieties of cherry trees.

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Jogyesa Temple

Ce fut un des premiers temples que j’ai vu Ă  SĂ©oul. Bon pour vous dire que les palais et les temples se ressemblent un peu près tous comme certains pourront dire que ce soit en CorĂ©e du Sud ou en Chine. Cela peut paraĂ®tre vrai mais pour moi, chaque endroit reste spĂ©cial car chacun apporte un atmosphère diffĂ©rent.
Lors de la visite du temple, Jogyesa, nous sommes restés un moment dans la salle des prières pour observer les personnes pour voir le déroulement. Cela a été très calme et posé, nous avons pu apprendre un peu plus sur la religion bouddhiste.
Malheureusement durant ce semestre Ă  SĂ©oul, je n’ai pas beaucoup emportĂ© mon rĂ©flex (oui, j’avais la flemme, oops), la plupart des photos ont Ă©tĂ© prises avec mon iPhone, donc je ne sais pas si cela vaut le coup que je vous fasse des articles car elles ont Ă©tĂ© prise en format carrĂ© pour aller avec Instagram. Si vous voulez aller voir les diffĂ©rents endroits que j’ai visitĂ©, vous pouvez jeter un coup d’oeil Ă  mon Instagram: crackeryourstyle. J’ai tout postĂ© dessus de tous les endroits que j’ai visitĂ©: HK, Philippines, Jeju, tous les diffĂ©rents endroits Ă  SĂ©oul.

This was one of my first temples I visited in Seoul. People often say that palaces and temples seems to be the same even in South Korea or China. It could be true but for me each place is different than another one because of the atmosphere etc.
During the visit of this temple, we stayed a while to observe people who were praying in front of three big Buddha. So we were able to learn more about Buddhism and how the prayers run through.

Unfortunately during this semester in Seoul, I didn’t use my DSLR (yep, I was kind of lazy, oops), most of the pictures were taken with my iPhone, so I don’t know if it’s necessary to do some articles about that because it was all taken in square format for Instagram. I think it’s better for you if you want to see which places I visited on my Instagram: crackeryourstyle. I almost posted everything on it: my trip in HK, Philippines, Jeju, Seoul etc.

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Bongeunsa Temple

Once known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple was constructed in the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s reign (794). In 1498, Queen Jeonghyeon refurbished Gyeonseongsa Temple at the east of King Seongjong’s royal mausoleum and renamed the temple as Bongeunsa. It’s located in the midst of Gangnam surrounded by buildings and the COEX Mall.

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We went there with my friends at the end of Mars. We wanted to discover another temple other than Jogyesa Temple. Bongeunsa one is bigger and more peaceful. It’s known for his huge Buddha. Around the temple, there is a kind of garden where people can walk. It was a chill day after that we went to the COEX Mall to look around.

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