Did you know that the largest seated Buddha statue in Korea is located at Busan? In Hongbeopsa temple, this huge Buddha statue welcomes visitors with its huge appearance. When you entered the temple, you will notice well-maintained grass covering the area like a park. One of the unique things about the temple is that the structure gives unusual feeling like a usual Buddhist temple had.
The greatest charm of Hongbeopsa temple is its beautiful garden with natural green grass. The gardens are spread throughout the area until the center of the temple. The dense forest garden that embraces the unique ambiance of Hongbeopsa temple relieves fatigue and comforts the mind.
The “Amitabha Great Buddha” has a height of 21 m, while the building has 45 m tall, making the towering statue visible from far. Upon viewing the Amitabha Great Buddha closely, you will be impressed by not only its large size also its powerful vibe.
Buddha statues with different shapes and colors can be found in many corners of the beautiful garden. Take a walk leisurely through the area, and have a look at a variety of the Buddha statues. Each Buddha has different facial features, and careful observation may lead to unexpected discoveries. The statues donning a smile will relieve your fatigue from the stresses of daily life.
The flowers here offer a different view depending on the season. In summer, the water lilies in full bloom float over the pond. Hongbeopsa temple is full of enchanting flowers, and visitors can enjoy the colorful landscapes.
At here, you will also notice the jars used to preserve kimchi or other ingredients. As they are usually seen in historical dramas, it is rare to see so many of these jars gathered in one place in Korea recently. Temperature control is the secret to maintaining the flavors of kimchi. As such, the surface of the jar that stores the kimchi has a small air hole to help with fermentation and maintain fresh flavors. That is why some refer to this jar as the “breathing jar.”
Not many Buddhist temples have gardens with this level of harmonious beauty. While most Buddhist temples in Korea are perched on a mountain or a steep slope. Except Hongbeopsa Temple is stands on flat ground, making it relatively easy to visit. Hongbeopsa temple’s natural garden with fresh air breezing through is a hidden gem that everyone would like to visit someday.