The aesthetics of the temple of Joseon
The spring sun is full in the front yard of Magoksa Temple’s Square. Every branch of trees are green. The fish are playing lightly under the bridge. The flowers bloom and the water flows, and it’s alive.
On the way to Magoksa Temple. The sun rises across the pine forest east of Dongam. The morning is fresh. Spring morning is fresh.
Magoksa Temple is a small but deep temple. When you walk along the valley from the beginning of the temple, the dense trees on either side of the valley overwhelm the landscape. Look at the feeling of the temple slowly and in detail. You can see the temple Yosa-chae across the valley, and the road runs side by side with the valley.
As you climb the stream, it is revealed the appearance of the temple. The gate was visible as well.
The beauty of asymmetry: Magoksa Temple
Traditionally, sense of beauty of Korean is the symmetries of the asymmetric. The left and right sides look the same, but not really the same.
They didn’t like the taste of straight lines here either. It is a natural reflection of this characteristic of Korean beauty that the road of the entrance space leading to Haetalmun Gate, Cheonwangmun Gate and Sangnakgyo Bridge of Magoksa Temple was not straight but slightly twisted.
When you look down in the front yard of Daewoongjeon Hall. The tile ridges of Yosa Pavilion are intertwined like a mountain range.
You can see the beauty of the roof of a hanok. Even the spring mist is caught in the mountains or the smoke of cooking rice in the chimney, making it a perfect mountain range.
Joseon’s architecture is a natural result of its management in harmony with the geographical features of a mountain.
Repository of Korea’s sense of beauty
There is an indispensable relic in Magoksa Temple. It is a five-story stone pagoda designated as Treasure No. 799.
This stone pagoda is quite different from the beauty of the Dabotap and Seokga Pagoda of Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, the elegance of the Gameunsaji stone Pagoda, and the soft and elegant appearance of the five-story stone pagoda of Jeongrimsaji stone pagoda in Buyeo.
The Magoksa pagoda is a stone pagoda with garish decorations and exotic lama style. If you compare it to Silla’s three-story stone pagoda, which feels a mathematical proportion from a stable base, you can quickly see what i mean.
The road to Magoksa Temple is especially beautiful in the springtime, as cherry blossoms are in full bloom in the spring and there is saying ‘Chunmagok and Chugapsa‘, which is mean it is beautiful in the spring.
Unlike Donghaksa and Kapsa, it is not crowded with tourists, so it is a good place to enjoy the quietness of a Mountain temple trip.
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