The Paradise Hall in Tongdo-sa Temple, Korea

in travel •  5 months ago

As soon as passing through the 4 heaven kings gate, there was an old building of the paradise hall serving for Amitabha Buddha.

It was unusual those buildings were located near the gate. Usually this kind of the buildings are standing after last gate, the Boolee-moon gate, which indicates the boundary of the main area in Temple.

In Tondo-sa temple there were several halls between the one pillar gate and the boolee-moon gate.
Boolee means ‘no two’ literally. There seem to be several interpretations in this ‘No Two’

Anyway, what I’d like to introduce you is the paradise hall in Korean Keukrak-Jeon.


The paradise hall was very surprised for me.
The explanation board indicated that this hall was built in late Goryeo dynasty 1369 AD in Gongmin King’s reign.
And this building was believed to be repaired in 1801 AD in Choson dynasty.
The local government designated this building as the relics of the local.

But it was strange for me, the paradise hall showed me the same architectural style as Shilla dynasty.
The foundation was made with the stones like as Shilla style




And on the surface of the foundation was covered with ceramic tiles.
It is told that the ground of Buddhist paradise was covered with the ceramic tiles.





The pattern of the ceramic tile was the lotus flower.

It was first time for me to see this kind of foundation among the buildings which had been built in Goryeo dynasty. This style looked like a typical Shilla style architecture.

The cornerstones look like to be made in Choson dynasty



It seemed that the upper surface of the corner stone was not trimmed like other architectures of Choson dynasty.

And the style of the pillar and the eavesdrop was as similar as that of Goryeo and Choson dynasty.



Summing up, this paradise hall seems to have the architectural characteristics of all dynasties which had been existed in Korean history.

One more, I’d like to post on the painting
A painting on the wall was very impressive. It was a painting crossing the river or the sea to the paradise.


The ship was the appearance of the dragon.

The paradise hall in Tongdo-sa was very interesting architecture, and it seems to have all characteristics of all buildings in Tondo-sa tempe.

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Fantastic architecture...The details are very beautiful and refined!

This is the very first time I have seen that ceramic tiles! You mean those are old atleast 700 years? Then it might be a surprise! I didn't know that technology was at that time! It's pretty amazing and that Stone base is well prepared!
Great photography and an useful article from you as usual!


It is an amazing place

Wow.....lovely post.......and..... Awesome place dear friend slowwalker....

That is sure built to last !

You made me want to be there as soon as possible.^^

Love this. Even just by looking at the pictures i felt in peace.

@slowwalker, Another tremendous view showing to me from The Paradise Hall in Tongdo-sa Temple. There are so many traditional things indeed. Those days more creative Koreans lived for built marvelous stone designs of every temples when you posted before. Amazing architectural style used for created paradise hall.
Another smart option is lotus flowers curved to ceramics on the floor. Lot of stylish characteristics placed there. Brilliant photography again. Triple gem bless you.

Interesting details! Much researches has been done. Thank you for sharing and for your efforts.

In Tondo-sa temple there were several halls between the one pillar gate and the boolee-moon gate.

Tondo-sa temple - This word took my attention! Nyahahaha... In our language, TONDO is known as a place of brave people which have always a trouble! Nyahahaha...

And when you combined the wordTondo-sa temple, in my country it means, "A trouble in a Temple!" Nyahahaha... A funny incident of this word...

Anyway, I really like the history that you shared. Thank you so much! But how about the 4th heaven that you are said? Will you explain that to me, please...

The foundation looks very strong ...
Even though the building is old but still looks good

They do really look very beautiful and amazing and Liked the tiles of the lotus flower and most importantly the structures looks really beautiful and they do really remind of the past history and how beautiful they are.

Paradise Hall in Tongdo-sa is really like paradise.... arts and crafts is really very amazing... Wonderful!

I admire the beauty of architecture. Perhaps my next words will look ridiculous, but I really liked the ceramic tile with lotus flowers in the center.

Я восхищаюсь красотою архитектуры. Возможно, мои следующие слова будут выглядеть смешно, но мне очень понравилась керамическая плитка с цветками лотоса по центру.

What an interesting temple architecture, @slowwalker
And outdoor ceramic tile with
the image of the Lotus is very beautiful.
All parts of the building are old.

Thank you very much for tochto talk about such
historical monuments of the country.
And special thanks for your unique photos!

I've been missing your posts, but it feels good to know again about your culture and see great photos!
the infrastructure is incredible, the stairs, the floor also supported on stones.
The blues are very nice, in the wood you can see that it is many years ago
and you close the publication with a flourish with that painting, I love it!

wow what a awesome place. these tiles on the floor look amazing.