I made my way up the adjacent hillside, stopping frequently to take in the surrounding views of the city and absorb the tiny details of the park. An oddly cobble-stoned path made its way in a loop–different variations of protruding stones making it nearly impossible to tread without paying careful attention to each step. An assortment of exercise equipment was sheltered under a small grove of trees–placed there for the convenience of fitness minded individuals unlike myself. And then, I came across a small visitor foraging in the brush.
I continued my walk along the ridge until it dropped down towards the temple below. Somehow, the trees around the temple remained largely untouched by the scourge of the fire, allowing the grounds to maintain their serene feel. There was no one in sight and I had to strain to hear the sounds of the city in the distance. For a short span of time, I wandered lethargically around the grounds and enjoyed the solace. I was intrigued to notice the similarities between this temple’s design and that of the temple I stumbled upon when I visited Jinjuseong last November.
The trail ended where it began, at the base of the temple and the promenade up to the war memorial. I looked back once more at the hillside above me–Gwaneum-sa perched serenely in front–and felt a little more tension slough off my shoulders. Sometimes, a little exploration is just what a person needs to recharge the soul!