Mok-A Museum and Silleuk Temple

The Mok-A Museum is designed to inherit and advance traditional Korean woodcraft skills and Buddhist art.

Silleuk Temple, the only riverside temple in Korea, is a sacred pilgrimage site and repository of seven Treasures.  It was erected by the great Buddhist monk Wonhyo, and is the place where Buddhist priest Naong died.


Part of the outdoor scuplture park

The Standing Stone Statue of Buddha, with the Ksitigarbha at the right side and the Avalokite vara at the left side.  (No, I have no idea what any of that means.)

The Myeongbujeon hall, also called Siwangjeon or the Hall of Ten Kings.  A Buddhist is said to be judged by each of the ten kings during the two years following death; the family therefore holds ten services supplicating the kings for mercy and generosity.

Inside the House of the Great Word (Hall of Buddhist Scriptures), which houses 500 arhat images

There were two of these dragons hanging
from the ceiling of the museumís top floor

According to our tour guide, this is a chair
the chief Buddhist monk would use when addressing the people.
The flower-like bits on the right are the steps he would use.
It took over three years to carve.

Along one wall were statues representing the twelve signs of the Chinese horoscope.
Here are the Snake (2013; both Kim and David) and the Dragon (2012, me).

A Korean chess set

Various Buddhist ceremonial instruments

A soju set (probably not that significant to Buddhists)

In a park in Yeoju

The grave of General Won-Ho, who won the
first Korean victories during the Japanese invasion of 1592

The entrance gate to the temple

A stupa used to house various objects of worship

Some decoration on the main temple building

A 500+ year-old juniper tree

Josadang, the oldest building in Silleuk temple.
It enshrines portraits of the important priests.

The bell enshrines the sarira and bones of Naong.  One is supposed
to be reborn with purity when the lantern in front of oneís sarira is lit.

I just like this picture!

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Last updated 1 January 2013