Along the path to the temple there are several areas with pockets of restaurants. I know that some of them cook chicken dokgalbi . . . the others had Korean vegetarian pancakes, etc. There are also pop and coffee vending machines sitting along the path.
There are two or three bridges along the path . . .
This is something that in spite of my attraction to the general philosophy of Buddhism, and also its psychology, I have always had a problem with. Why has there never been a female Dalai Lama? Why are women incapable of achieving Nirvana? Etc . . . I have not read this book but after looking at it on Google Books I'm very interested in trying to find a copy in Korea.
I realize that the statue of the woman holding a snake is in KOREA. So even if I spend hours searching the Internet with "buddhism and snake and woman" as my key words, and also trying different combinations, it's likely that Korean Buddhism also has it's own socio-cultural meanings that could be different.
While I was doing a little of research on "Buddhism and snake and woman" I found the word "Naga" kept coming up.
"The Buddhist nāga generally has the form of a large cobra-like snake, usually with a single head but sometimes with many. At least some of the nāgas are capable of using magic powers to transform themselves into a human semblance. In Buddhist painting, the nāga is sometimes portrayed as a human being with a snake or dragon extending over his head. One nāga, in human form, attempted to become a monk; when telling it that such ordination was impossible, the Buddha told it how to ensure that it would be reborn a man, able to become a monk." (from wikipedia.com)
Walking up the path towards the temple there are lot of nice places to take pictures . . .
Julianne and I climbed down from the path to take pics of this waterfall . . .