A plaque with Chinese characters written on it was displayed in the Museoljeon.

Museoljeon Hall in Bulguksa
Museoljeon Hall at Bulguksa
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The hall in the photo is Museoljeon. It is one of the halls in Bulguksa, a World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple. Museoljeon is the oldest building in Bulguksa, and was once used as a school for lectures on the Hua Yan Sutra. Under the eaves hangs a plaque written in Chinese characters.

Like Japan, Korea was under the strong influence of China, although today only the Hangul alphabet stands out. In other words, the official script was recognized as Chinese characters. Hangul was therefore considered a lowly script used by commoners, women, and children who had no knowledge of the language. It would have been similar to how Chinese characters were called mana, the "official characters" for kana (dummy characters), which were created in Japan based on Chinese characters.

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Oct 2008 ARCHITECTURE SOUTH KOREA

PHOTO DATA

No

2149

Shooting Date

Jul 2008

Posted On

October 28, 2008

Modified On

January 16, 2023

Place

Gyeongju, South Korea

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

CANON EOS 1V

Lens

EF85MM F1.2L II USM

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