Marching To The Beat Of Your Own Drum At Jingwansa Temple

Jingwansa Temple, located to the west of Seoul, is one of the four major temples around Seoul along with Bulamsa, Sammaksa, and Seunggasa temple located to the east, south and north respectively. The temple was dedicated to Preceptor Jingwan in 1010 BC by King Hyeonjong, the 8th king of the Goryeo Dynasty. Jingwansa Temple is neighbor to the beautiful surrounding of Bukhansan National Park, but also contains an impressive collection of cultural and historical properties. I visited recently and experienced a chanting session between a group of monks that included drumming to signal the release of prayers to the universe. It was and incredible moment.