Buddhist Temple: Architecture, Theme Thursdays

I live in a big city.  Oh, you knew that?  What gave it away?  The tall buildings in the background of Every Single Photo?

Oh, yeah.  Those.  I am actually pretty tired of those.  This week I thought I would try to photograph a Buddhist temple instead.  I mean, I live in Korea, after all, and you can’t throw a rock around here without hitting a temple.  Seriously: there’s one a stone’s throw from our apartment.
This temple, however, is more traditional, located on Apsan Mountain nearby.  The day was gray, the sky was terribly washed out, I had a really hard time getting good angles for shots around all the statues.  Oh, and the kids were making more noise than that place has seen in a hundred years.  
But enough with the excuses.  What do you think?
F/10, 1/25, ISO 200

F/2.5, 1/400, ISO 200

Window detail
F/2.2, 1/1000, ISO 200

Roof tile detail
F/2.5, 1/125, ISO 200

This one is for our hostess/guide Cari, because I’m guessing she likes dragons.  Just a hunch.

F/2.2, 1/1000, ISO 200

And because I had so much fun editing this with my new favorite app, Snapseed, I’ll include an iPad shot of one of those annoyingly omnipresent tall buildings.

Head on over to Cari’s Theme Thursdays to check out architecture photography by other lovely and talented photo snappers.  Always so fun to scroll through.


  1. Gorgeous. Seriously, I’m not even going to say that I wish there were things like this around me, because I know what would happen. I’d end up dragging the kids there several times a week, just to photograph every inch of the thing. There’s nothing like a riot of color and pattern to calm the ADD mind.
    The closeup of the door? Swoon. And the underside of the roof? I die.

    And the dragon!! Every single boy in my house came and stared at it for a good three minutes, totally still.

    So so beautiful!

    • Thanks, Cari! I could have spent a lot longer there but I was petrified of the kids terrorizing someone or knocking something over… Highly unlikely, though, right?

  2. Absolutely beautiful. I especially love the window detail. I’ll bet the Buddhist calm was all the more enriched with your children’s joyful noise. What an amazing place to call home, I admire you with little ones in a big city, definitely going to have to read more about your adventure.

  3. Beautiful! Love all the detail you captured through your lens! Just really, really, lovely!

  4. Wow – I love all the detail and how you captured it on ‘film’!

  5. These are positively gorgeous! The one buddhist temple in our town doesn’t hold a candle. Also, I just have to send a virtual fist bump on the Snapseed. I absolutely love editing with that program!

  6. Wow, I keep scrolling up and down your post asking, which one do I like best? Which one do I like best? I can’t decide! Okay…maybe the first or second. I love the colors and design. Gorgeous!

  7. Love them all! WOW!

  8. These are all way cool – how exciting to live somewhere with such interesting buildings! You did an awesome job capturing the detail.

  9. Oh the colours!

  10. I can’t even pick a favorite! They are all absolutely incredible. Wowzers.

  11. The architecture is amazing, but I was most blown away by how “thin” the depth of field is on the roof tile detail. If I recall my photography classes correctly, I believe this is due to very small aperture. Fascinating effect.

  12. I’m seriously so jealous you live in Korea.