Friday, April 12, 2013

Don't forget to look up!

Within the Bulguksa complex are many halls and pavilions. Although faded, the carvings and paintings found on the eaves, below the roof, and the upper part of the walls reveal exceptional beauty. Scenes of Buddha’s life, mythological creatures, and scenes from the four seasons could be found. Dragons and cranes were popular throughout, some engaging with people and others going solo. Sculpted heads of the dragons seemed to burst forth from the temple carvings, with their pearly white teeth clenching orbs, fish, and other objects. The decorative paintings on the eaves were particularly intricate, but as already mentioned, were fading or peeling. It would take some incredibly skilled artists to match the quality of designs and restore these paintings to their former glory. 

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