It was interesting visiting the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul and seeing the huge three Buddha Statues. According to wiki: “Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, becoming so in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea… Jogyesa came to the attention of the international news media in December 1998 due to several monks occupying the temple in a power struggle between factions of the Jogye Order. In the end, riot police were called in to take control of the temple and oust the protestors after they had occupied the building for more than 40 days.”
Photos from our trip there are up at Gravel Magazine which is a literary journal published from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. I always find it ironic whenever I see beggars right outside religious places, asking for money, mostly (sadly enough) being ignored. There’s a few additional color photos below and the rest in black-and-white at Gravel which I’m very much enjoying.