Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bongeunsa revisited

On my mom's last full day in Korea we headed into Gangnam to see Bongeunsa Temple. The temple was all gussied up for the Lotus Lantern Festival which is held to celebrate Buddha's birthday. The day was overcast but the temple looked real pretty with all the flowers and colorful lanterns
There were huge paper replicas of the Four Heavenly Kings outside the entrance and other sorts of paper things set up inside the temple grounds.

Happy Birthday Buddha!

Trivia of the Day: The First Republic of South Korea was South Korea's first independent government, ruling the country from 1948 to 1960. It succeeded USAMGIK, the United States military government, which ruled the area from 1945 to 1948. The First Republic was established on August 15, 1948, with Syngman Rhee as the first president. Like subsequent governments, it claimed sovereignty over the entire Korean peninsula, although it only had power over the area south of the 38th parallel. The investiture of the Rhee government followed the general election of May 10, 1948. The country's first constitution had been promulgated by the first National Assembly on July 17. It established a system with a strong president, who was elected indirectly by the National Assembly.

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