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May 2005

Mount Namsan or “South Mountain” near Gyeongju,  is said to be a “museum without walls” because of all the ancient stone Buddhas carved on the mountain.  The mountain was indeed beautiful.  We spent the whole day on the mountain, enjoying exercise and fresh air, spectacular views, squirrels with funny ears, and devout Koreans bowing to the forest Buddhas.  The mountain was crisscrossed with numerous paths, all the signs were in Korean, so despite our map, we were generally lost the whole time.  Yet we still managed to stumble across a decent amount of Buddhas.  There was something quite exhilarating about hiking through the fresh green forest and coming upon a thousand-year-old Buddha, just as serene as ever, sitting on top of a mountain peak.



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