I just wanna share my visit to National Museum of Korea , located at Seoul, near Ichon station. It is the second largest museum in the world, with collection more than 150.000 collection available. It contains many kinds of artefact from all around the world. One of them is from British and America too.. so various.
We got this wonderful opportunity to see the museum. Frankly speaking, I don’t think museum as something interesting to visit about, however, some basic knowledge put my interest so much, such as the first metal printing letter, even earlier than the one made by Gutenberg.. wow.. it was surprising.. and the guide said that it is even the first ever made in history. And also a very interesting display of Buddha’s history with all their stories and artifacts..
It is made from metal, and represent one Chinese character. At that time, Korean were still using the Chinese character for their letter, because hangeul hasn’t been found. Some example of printed paper were displayed too, showing how advance their technology in the ancient years.
After having a short explanation on the ceramics artifacts, we headed to Buddha area, containing artifacts from Buddha religion. One of them is said to be a box containing the body part of Buddha Gautama, the founder of Buddha religion. Interesting actually, it’s a box and there is a loop to see it clearer what it contains. However, my Srilangkan friend said that it is impossible putting the real artifact there, it could be just a replica.
We saw some pagodas and there were one special statue placed exclusively in a room. it is a gold smiling Buddha. The unique state of the statue is soft smile from the enlightenment achieved by him. Interesting.. how it was reflecting lightly of something big in the history of humankind.
Then, we passed by a different types of Buddha’s faces… transforming from the origin (India) then finally arriving to Korea..
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The most extrinsic difference we can see is on the eye.. the eyes were adapting depends on the locality.. For example, in India, Buddha has large eyes, but in china, it has a very narrow eyes.. We can simply say that the Buddha’s statues were adapting to the condition in the area, just like the black Jesus in another example.. 😀
Then, there is another room containing large statues of Buddhas.. I would say, they were humongous.. hoho.. but unfortunately, I forgot to take picture with their background, just for comparison. One of them were seen as metal glued together. It is because, to transport them, we need to cut their body into small pieces to fit in the small cart.. and one of them were luckily saved from a war, i forgot what war it was. The Buddha statue symbolize their spirit too.
And.. here is the famous ten-stories Pagoda..
With me at the foreground of course.. 😀
Anyway, I will tell you more what we experienced there in the second part of my post.. hoho *serials*
About the traditional house affected by Confucius with Buddha architecture.. and also the story of 7-7 praying of parents.. with the Kings of Hell and God of Compass Rose (west,east,north,south).. ^^.. please wait..