[KS] A temple query (Insoo Cho)
insoocho at gmail.com
Tue Aug 12 21:34:17 EDT 2014
National Museum of Korea just released a new book titled *Buddhist Art of
North Korea: Documentation in Gelatin Dry Plates*. It is available at the
museum's homepage (free PDF!):
Based on those early photos, the temple that Weber visited is not
Jang'an-sa (p.92-93). It looks similar to Seogwang-sa(p.110-111), but still
Maybe a temple not in Diamond Mt but somewhere on route.
If a specialist on Korean Buddhist art check it, he or she could identify
the temple and the main hall with sculpture easily.
Korea National University of Arts
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> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:56:22 +0900 (KST)
> From: Brother Anthony <ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr>
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> In the set of rather fine photos from Abbot Norbert Weber's 1926 visit
> located at http://parasports.co.kr/317 there are 3 temple pictures, an
> overview, a group of monks, and the interior of a major hall. The captions
> say (perhaps following the KBS documentary) that the temple is Jangan-sa
> but of course it is not. Jangan-sa's main hall had a 2-tiered roof and its
> main altar was quite different . . . so does anyone know which temple this
> might be?
> Brother Anthony
> President, RAS Korea
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> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:47:17 -0700
> From: Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreanstudies.com>
> To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
> Subject: Re: [KS] A temple query
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> Yes, you might be right, but not sure. It COULD be Changan-sa ??? as
> KBS (or the blogger) states. I think we would need to see a picture
> taken FROM that little bridge on the right in order to know more. The
> "2-tiered roof" of the main hall you mention is indeed not to be seen,
> at least not from that view. But first of all, these three pictures
> were not all taken in 1925 or 1926, if any of them were. The group
> portrait, for example, was either taken on 20 April, afternoon, or the
> morning of 21 April 1911, during Weber's first visit, and not in the
> north but at some smaller temple close to the American gold mine
> Chiksan ?? in Chungch?ngnam-do. Close means here within 5 waking
> hours, in the mountains/hills.
> The other two pictures seem familiar, but I am not sure either (also do
> not have the books with me I would need to find them). Again, these
> other two images could be from the same or from two different places --
> very unlikely from that same small monastery in Chungch?ngnam-do just
> mentioned. If from K?mgang-san, there were 34 monateries and temples.
> But that 'altar' as well as the birds-eye view photo could, because of
> the size, only depict one of the four great temples of K?mgang-san.
> Apart from Changan-sa there are (or were) Pyohun-sa ???, Singye-sa ?
> ??, and Yuj?m-sa ???. I would exclude all of them but Yuj?m-sa.
> So, **if** this is in K?mgang-san then it is very likely Yuj?m-sa,
> which was in structure rather close to Changan-sa (thus I understand
> the mix-up KBS produced).
> By the way, Weber wrote another beautiful book just about K?mgang-san,
> _In den Diamantbergen Koreas_ [In the Diamond Mountains of Korea] (St.
> Ottilien: Missionsverlag, 1927). I suggest to check that as well, if
> you have it around. (I do not.) It has lots of his watercolors and some
> photos. You might well find the posted pictures published in there.
> Unfortunately, he was rather uninterested in Buddhism and Korean
> culture, so his writings do not provide many insights when it comes to
> culture. But as a jet-setter of his time, one that thought of himself
> as a "scientist" and "ethnographer" and good colonialist for the Kaiser
> (until that pipe dream burst in 1918/19), he used his power and time
> for all these photographic and film documentaries -- and was fired soon
> after he returned from this trip, as it was just a little too much for
> his Bavarian order.
> On Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:56:22 +0900 (KST), Brother Anthony wrote:
> > In the set of rather fine photos from Abbot Norbert Weber's 1926
> > visit located at http://parasports.co.kr/317 there are 3 temple
> > pictures, an overview, a group of monks, and the interior of a major
> > hall. The captions say (perhaps following the KBS documentary) that
> > the temple is Jangan-sa but of course it is not. Jangan-sa's main
> > hall had a 2-tiered roof and its main altar was quite different . . .
> > so does anyone know which temple this might be?
> > Brother Anthony
> > President, RAS Korea
> Frank Hoffmann
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