Well, not really in Seoul, but in the Incheon region near the Seoul/Incheon International Airport in South Korea, stands a small temple that is over a thousand years old. It was a beautiful fall day to see the temple. Fall colors mixed with purple flowers were a visual feast.
My husband and I, and four other transit passengers were brought there on an hour free guided tour. There were no worshippers yet when we arrived at nine in the morning. It was quiet, and cool clean morning air permeated the area.
We were at Yonggungsa Temple by the northeastern slopes of Baegunsan mountain gazing at a temple built in 670. After 1,300 years, it still stands sturdily providing a quiet place of worship.
Another remarkable thing that one can’t help but notice is the big zelkova tree that faces the statue of Buddha. The tree, according to our guide, is as old as the temple. Wishing tablets surround the tree, following the example of the grandfather of the last king of the Korean monarchy who wrote a wish on a tablet.
It is said that things on this earth are temporary. Buildings are put up, then torn down; or they crumble by themselves. Trees grow and die, or are cut. Yes, things on earth are temporary, but given care or through luck, they endure as long as they can, as much as over a thousand years and more.