Buddhas at Kum Ryong

Buddhas at Kum RyongBuddhas at Kum Ryong – Republic of Korea

A Korean friend of mine told me about the Buddhas at Kum Ryong. She said they were unknown to the rest of the world, and had most likely never been photographed before. The Buddhas were hidden away on a mountaintop along with a Temple and a huge statue looking down over the village below. Each Buddha belonged to a family in the village. The Buddhas were about 2 ft. tall and sat on shelves chiseled into the rock precipice at the top. I could feel that this was a sacred place. There were vibrations in the air. I stood there in silent reverence, the sun waiting to shower the earth with gold. In the last bust of sunlight, I captured Buddhas at Kum Ryong.

Copyright 2013 O. Bisogno Scotti,  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon N90 SLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 sec., ISO 100, filter: Nikon L37C, program mode: Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Kodak Lumiere 100X 35mm color transparency film,  Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable.


3 thoughts on “Buddhas at Kum Ryong

  1. I got lucky. A friend of mine said, “I’m going to take you to a place that no outsider has ever seen before.” She did, and she was right. Go ahead and Google it. It doesn’t exist. Not in this world anyway. All I can tell you is drive due north from Seoul until you hear gunfire on the DMZ and hang a right. Now you’re in the land of no rode signs so even if you could read Korean characters, you’d still be lost…but suddenly there’s a trail head with some sort of stand. At the stand there is an older Korean gentleman and a young woman, possibly his daughter? She breaks away to follow me up the mountain respectfully staying 50 yards behind. When I stop, she stops. When I begin walking again, she does the same. After walking around the grounds for about a half hour making making captures, I have earned her trust and she heads back down the mountain.

    My frame is concise. There are hundreds more Buddhas, but my eye has narrowed it down to what you see in the image, the rock face, the Buddhas and the sacred earth surrounding it.

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