[KS] Buddhist sites in the North

johannes schonherr schonherr_jo at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 8 05:50:50 EDT 2014

Pohyong Temple in the Myohyang Mountains served as location for the 1988 Italian - North Korean action movie co-production Ten Zan - The Ultimate Mission. 

You can watch the whole film here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwQS9zBPnUk

All scenes from 1:06:17 to 1:12:00 were shot at Pohyong Temple. 

Though the temple serves in the movie as the headquarter of the evil mastermind, a lot of great footage of the temple as such is on display. 

With best regards, 

Johannes Schonherr

North Korean Cinema - A History

> Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:38:21 +0900
> From: ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
> To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
> Subject: [KS] Buddhist sites in the North
> It being the summer, I have brought together a few snippets allowing myself (and others) to visit the Buddhist sites of North Korea while sitting at home. 
> The main page http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/DiamondMountainTemples.html  lists the main temples and hermitages of the Diamond Mountains, with a sample photo from the time when those temples still existed. Each temple also has a linked page containing additional photos, both old and recent, trawled from the Internet. There are also links to the accounts of journeys to the Diamond Mountains by George Curzon (1892), Isabella Bird Bishop (1894), James Gale (1917) and Charles Hunt with Bishop Trollope (1923). Inevitably, James Gale appended translations of Korean accounts of visits in 1489 and 1603 and of a laborious climb to the highest summit, Piro-bong, in 1865 which are of some interest.
> In order to dispell sorrow at the total destruction of almost everything there, I have also compiled a page about other North Korean temples, which mostly either survived or have been rebuilt  http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/NorthKoreanTemples.html  and added another page with additional photos of several, mostly recent. http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/Diamond/NorthKorea/MorePhotosNorthKorea.html  
> As some much older members of the list might recall, Yujeom-sa temple once had a strange altar representing 53 Buddlas perched on the roots of a gigantic tree. I think I have found an Internet resource with about 100 photos of those 53 Buddhas taken from various directions so I have grouped them and put that online too. http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/Diamond/53Buddhas/53Buddhas.html 
> I would be glad to hear of additional resources that could be added . . . . I find that much this information is scattered across the Internet and hard to find. Images from Japanese -language sources would be very useful . . .
> Brother Anthony
> President, RAS Korea
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