Thursday, November 21, 2013

sketches at Okcheonam Temple, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul

Okcheonam (옥천암) is small and beautiful temple in Hongeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. The temple is located at the foot of the hill of Samgaksan Mountain, and beneath the precinct Hongjecheon stream flows throughout the year. Okcheonam dates back to the 14th century during the Goryeo dynasty, and is also famous for a carved Buddha. The granite carving is concave and painted in a lovely seashell white, and so called " The White Buddah(하얀 부처)". The temple buildings are built on narrow and steep bedrock linearly, nevertheless the hierarchial linkage of architectures seems very interesting and beautiful features harmonized with the natural landscape. I sketched the neat and beautiful temple looking at the harmonious roof lines fascinatedly.

front view approaching the temple, pen and watercolor,

looking at the sequence of roofs, pen and soft pastel,

entrance into the precinct, pen and soft watercolor,

"White Buddah" in Bodogak, pen and watercolor,

side view of Bodogak, pen and watercolor,

looking down the One Pillar Gate, pen and watercolor,

a scenery along the Naebu Expressway on the opposite side of the temple, pencil and watercolor.

another sketch on the same spot, pencil,
( 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
삼각산을 두르고 세검정 맑은 물 계류를 따라 호젓이 앉아있는 옥천암.
홍제천 다리를 건너 가까이 갈수록 첩첩지붕이 절 내음을 살며시 풍기며~
"하얀 부처"가 맞아주는 동네 사찰의 훈훈한 맛에 인정미가 흘러나온다.

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