Color Coded Spirituality

bongeunsa building paintings

Dancheong refers to a traditional Korean form of decorative coloring that can be found on buildings and certain items. It is based on the colors blue, white, black, red and yellow and has a deeper meaning than simply that of the aesthetic. This coloring can be seen in this picture of the side of one of the buildings in Bongeunsa temple (see the previous post). The decorative paintings in between / below the Dancheong colorings are also traditional and can be utilized as a form of storytelling. These interesting paintings can be seen on the sides of many of the buildings and halls throughout Bongeunsa.


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