There are several gates to the temple. The first is the one pillar gate which indicate that you just enter into the temple area. Second gate it 4 heaven kings gate which protect the Buddhist paradise. The third one is the diamond warrior gate which protect Buddha and his teaching. The last gate is Bulee-mun which means the last gate to enter into the Buddhist paradise.
There were 3 gates in Beopjoo-sa temple among 4 gates. It must be not ordinary case there was no Bulee-mun in this magnificent Unesco listed temple. I don't know the reason whey Bulee-mun was not built in this temple.
In this posting, I’d like to introduce 2nd and 3rd gates of Beopjoo-sa temple.
4 heaven kings gate is all but same in its style in every temple.
But there was different points in this temple. There were the wish memos in front of the 4 heaven kings statues. It was first time for me to see that kind of wish memos in the 4 heaven kings gate.
This gate was built in Shilla dynasty about 1300 years ago. This gate had been repaired several times until now. I tried to find out the traces of Shilla dynasty. But the cornerstones seemed to be replaced in Choson dynasty when it had been repaired.
Next gate was Geumgang-mun, the diamond warrior gate.
Diamond warrior statues in this temple were not special, but the Bodhisattva statues next to the warriors looked like unusual.
Usually the Bodhisattvas were the children appearance, unlike other temples the Bodhisattva in Beopjoo-sa temple was in the adult appearance.
I had passed all entrance gates to the temple