Architecture Inspired by Nature
The earthy feel of their traditional houses called Hanok begs to be surveyed by a touch. Its earth tones laced esteem from nature’s midst, blend well with the natural surroundings.
The subdued experience does not persist in the designs of their palaces and temples. The use of wood and clay still defines their love for natural elements but the exuberance of colors and textures reflect an artistic orientation of playfulness. It’s amazing that no nails were used here, only brackets and braces are holding the wood together.
You can see murals depicting Buddha’s parables of self-liberation on their temples. South Korea’s religious life was guided both by ancient times and some learned wisdom from modern beliefs. Buddhism came in AD 370, the Jesuits introduced Christianity in 18th century and Cheondoism in the 20th century. Presently, 28% are Buddhists, 25% are Christians and the rest are atheists and belonging to Shamanism, Cheondogyo and other faiths and practices.