|제목||[PART 1] Sejong city’s Healing Tourist Spot Best 10 for 2 days’ tour by KTX|
Having arrived at Osong KTX station, we rented a car
and selected 10 healing tourist spots recommended by the acquaintance
who lives in Sejong city.
Let’s go those beautiful places with us.
The most comfortable way to get to Sejong city is using KTX
to Osong Station and then taking a city bus or using a rental car.
At parking lot D,E area of Osong Station,
you can rent a car at a reasonable price. We rented a car there.
constructed in Unified Silla Kingdom era has a huge zelkova tree
aged more than 800 years.
It is said that Doseon, Buddhist Royal Monk of Silla Kingdom
founded this temple. Its exact age is not known
but it seems to be approximately more than 1000 years.
In 1960, national treasures were discovered
in the 3 Story Stone Tower of Biamsa Temple,
which started annual Baekje Great Ceremony.
It is held on April, 15th of lunar calendar
to console the souls of every king of Baekje Kingdom and people who died during the struggles for Baekje Kingdom’s revival.
I saw various precious things such as thousand year old temple,
more than 800 year old zelkova tree, Baekje Great Ceremony
showing that Sejong city is Baekje Kingdom’s cultural center,
3 Story Stone Tower in which national treasures were discovered, etc.
but the words written on the temple,
“Please drop by as if you did not come”
remained in my memory for a while,
which seems to quietly enlighten me
to throw away all greedy and selfish mind.
On the upway to Biamsa Temple
there is a 150 meter long downhill ‘Doggoebi Doro(Magic Road)’
where you can experience an optical illusion
that deludes you into believing it to be uphill road.
The acquaintance who recommended these spots informed us
that we could catch the whole scenery of Biamsa Temple
with a little going up beside it.
The whole view of Biamsa Temple photographed on the wooden steps there.
The huge tree at the entrance is more than 800 year old zelkova,
exactly 856 years old.
It has an interesting story
that its leaves come out from the top to downward in rich harvest year,
but in poor harvest year they do reversely.
Even though Biamsa Temple is small,
3 Stone Statues were discovered in its 3 Story Stone Tower.
One of them was designated as National Treasure No.106,
being stored in Cheongju National Museum
and the others were designated as Treasure No.367 and No.368 respectively,
being stored in Gongju National Museum.
I asked a monk who came out from the main temple,
‘What is Baekje Great Ceremony for which is held in this temple?
He answered that it had been an annual ceremony since 1983
to console the souls of all Baekje kings and people who died
during the Baekje Revival Movement after the kingdom was destroyed.
I realized clearly that Sejong city is located at the center of Baekje Culture.
I made up my mind that next spring I would visit Biamsa Temple again
because the ceremony is held on April, 15th of lunar calendar.
Structures in temples are commonly arranged in consideration of yin-yang,
Stone Towers mostly mean lotus yin, while Buddhist Bell Towers mean yang.
Over the top of Bell Tower,
there is Mountain Spirit Shrine which serves the spirits of this mountain,
showing that Biamsa temple admits folk religions also.
While Yeongpyeongsa Temple looks nice owing to its Korean Daisy,
Biamsa Temple gives us a simple and refined atmosphere.
It was very strange to me that its Main Temple and Paradise Hall looked like
guarding the Mountain Spirit Shrine.
I asked the chief monk of Biamsa Temple if I took a picture of him.
“Only from behind is OK”, he allowed.
His advice ‘Live every moment preciously regarding it as the last one’
still lingers around my ears.
by the acquaintance living in Sejong city.
My first impression was focused on its high sense of beauty
like a sculpture park rather than clay jars themselves.
Maybe the owner majored in some kinds of art, I guess.
I felt his artisan spirit when I saw each tree in harmony with the sculptures.
where the process of making various Jangs, materials
and their histories are displayed,
very good place for children’s learning experience.
DwiUngbak Village started with an intention of taking care of family’s health
in this instant food prevailing world.
I was moved by its mind to keep the healthy food culture
through widely popularizing Korean traditional Jangs by Mother’s skill.
Daisy flowers alone are beautiful enough
but the images of Korean Daisy in harmony with Korean Clay Jars
gave me a very peculiar impression.
Numerous Clay Jars containing utmost devotion
looked more beautiful than any other sceneries,
that makes me feel the saying, ‘Ours is global’ realistic.
with their family members
and during the weekdays,
for group activities of kindergartens or elementary schools.
The highlight of DwiUngbak Village
is the view of clay jars from its observatory deck.
A special mission is given to the children who come for a field study,
‘how many clay jars are there in DwiUngbak Village?’
Most children give up counting them from the beginning
but I saw some children who counted the number diligently.
I asked one of them quietly,“how many are there?”
The answer was,“I have forgotten the number after over a thousand.”
And then restart the counting once more.
Good luck to children who never give up !!
Personally I like clay jars so I sat in the middle of clay jars for a long time
receiving sunlight on my whole body.
The sunlight feels specially good today.
Here, they collected all kinds of clay jars from nationwide,
among them the Clay Jar Garden containing mother’s mind
was very impressive.
Thinking of the painstakingness for all these jars,
they don’t look just jar to me.
It starts like a European style
but gradually I was immersed in its naturalness.
Poetess Lee Jeongha’s Mother
but she could not continue any longer
after writing just one word, her mother’s name.
I was deeply moved because the poem seems to be the same context
as the spirit of DwiUngbak Village.
and Janggun mountain is located behind it.
During the festival, it is hard to find a parking space.
You had better visit here when it is not crowded.
The chief monk of this temple started planting Korean Daisy,
and now the temple has been changed beautifully like this.
Thank him for his efforts.
When I saw the photo below,
the floral language of Korean Daisy came to my mind.
Meeting with good people during your life is indeed a beautiful blessing
and a meaningful present, isn’t it?
Yeongpyeongsa Temple is full of Korean Daisy flowers.
Even its incinerator is also full of those flowers.
Where can you find such a beautiful garden like this?
Let’s go up to Janggun Mountain.
It is directly connected with Yeongpyeongsa Temple
and you just follow along the beautiful daisy blossom walkway to take a round.
The origin of Korean Daisy(Gujeolcho)?
The name Gujeolcho came from a grass being cut 9 times
or being cut on September 9th of lunar calendar.
The scenery looks as if the whole mountain is covered with white snow.
Let’s take a round. It takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour with a slow walking.
There is a Wish Tower made by somebody,
all its collected tiny wishes makes a small but beautiful scenery.
In addition, sunbeams coming between pine trees made my mind humble
like a pilgrim’s.
Walking with your beloved one would be better than alone.
Blossom walkway itself is beautiful enough,
but here and there clay jars are harmonized with flowers,
which gives me a crude but impressive mood.
Actually a lot of clay jars are there.
Undoubtedly many people would have made efforts
to look after this beautiful garden.
Thank them for their hard work once more.
Our fourth healing tour spot in beautiful Sejong city is
Rooftop Garden of Government Complex.
It was registered in the Guinness Book of Records
as the longest rooftop garden in the world.
Field Trip is opened only on weekdays, not on weekends.
Only approved individuals and groups
who have been confirmed the reservation are possible.
Therefore you must apply for it in advance.
You can see the entrance at the gate when you park your car
at 6th parking lot of Government Complex.
After going into Trip Information Center of Complex Building,
reconfirm your name
and watch Promotion Video for about 10 minutes.
This is the guide. You just follow him or her listening to their guidance.
After going up to the rooftop by elevator,
you would learn a lot about Sejong city through their kind explanation
and feel affection for it.
The rampart-shaped garden connected with total 15 government buildings, 3.6 Km long, with green area of 60,445 ㎡
was reconstructed traditional ‘Patrol Castle Play’
which goes around the castle sightseeing in and out side of it.
You just walk slowly following the trail in the green area
planted various trees and grasses about 1.3 million in number.
Different flowers and plants in every season, silver grass is main in fall.
I want to make my own garden like this.
The walking time of 3.6 Km trail was about 35 minutes,
which did not seem to be long at all but finished shorter than expected,
while exclaiming “Wow!!” at every surrounding.
You can take photos freely while walking
but must follow only the way the guide leads, which automatically made me
listen to the guide’s speaking carefully.
According to her, there are 5 Nos in Sejong city,
no wall, no electric pole, no garbage,
no advertising board, no shopping house.
Sejong is really a clean city, I felt it.
From this rooftop, Sejong National Liberary looks so nice.
I was surprised at the meeting with pumpkins, luffas, etc.
in this tunnel on the rooftop garden of Government Building.
When reached at a pavilion, 10 minute break time is allowed
to take photos, rest, etc.
We luckily spent time together with pretty students from Jeonju University.
A place where silver grasses are so pretty! Everyone is busy taking photos.
Without going out far away, you can feel the fact
that autumn has already come with your skin.
The scenery is pretty, the people are pretty,
and so all photos taken at anyway are also pretty.
Guinness Book Photo Zone
Isn’t it surprising that this garden was registered in the Guinness Book of Records
as the biggest rooftop garden in the world ?
It was so beautiful that I could not believe I was on the rooftop.
I strongly recommend you to experience this garden.
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