Another thing that I would like to share is that I went to a really really cool place this past weekend. The place was called Bulguksa and I think it was in the city of Gyeongju. It is an incredible city. I spent the day at a Buddhist temple that was originally built in like 751AD I think. But it had been destroyed by the Japanese later, so it was restored and rebuilt and it is absolutely beautiful. Words cannot do an experience like this justice, but I will say that it is probably one of the most peaceful places on Earth. One thing that I learned from this also, which you can see in my pictures on facebook and some on the blog, is that the swastika was not originally a symbol of hate and intolerance. Very long before Hitler adopted the symbol for the Nazi's and their atrocities the swastika was an ancient Buddhist and Hindu symbol that represented different meanings, such as "eternity" and "evolution", throughout different parts of the East at different times. So it was definitely a little weird being surrounded by swastikas at this place, but it is also probably one of the most interesting things I have ever learned. They were selling swastika necklaces and charms in the gift shop.
Here are a few pictures:
The below picture is of hundreds, if not thousands, of piles of rocks balanced on top of each other by the people who visit the temple. You pick up a loose rock from the ground and try to balance it on top of another on. The result is thousands of piles of rocks some with as many as 10 random rocks balanced on top of each other. If the rock you place stays, and does not fall, then it is supposed to be a sign of good luck. I definitely participated in this!
Here are some more pics of the scenery at this amazing place:
I hope you all enjoyed this post. And I just want to let you know that I will be keeping up with the blog at least once a week, but maybe more often, I don't know. But I still don't have an actual internet connection at my place yet, so it is still a little tough.
Anyway, I miss you all.
Happy New Year Also!