Tales from the Temples - A Look into the Korean Heart

Written by Hwang You-Jeong/ Illustrations by Jeong Kyoung-Sim/ Translation by Brian Barry [K-4]

size: 166*236mm; 108pages. publisher: Communications Wow, 2002.

About this book

Introducing the Real Korea to the World
"Tales from the Temples" was born out of the author's hope to make the world more aware of Korean culture and Korean sentiment.
Many Westerners are vaguely aware of Korea in comparison to China and Japan, so the author hopes to introduce Korean culture as naturally as possible through this publication. Rather than using an academic or publicity approach to achieve this goal, the author thought it best to present an image of Korea in an interesting way that would draw interest, good will and a feeling of warmth.
The book should be a delight for those who have felt that the few books and publicity materials abroad that do exist concerning Korea have been inadequate, in both volume and content, in presenting a true picture of Korea, as well as to those who have been looking for an interesting gift of souvenir of Korea for friends and acquaintances.

About the title "Tales from the Temples"
Korea's Buddhism and temples are a culture in themselves that carry meanings beyond the realm of religion.
"Tales from the Temples" is neither a tourist guidebook nor an exploration of Buddhist teachings. The contents are like the stories that grandmothers used to tell or stories that one has heard at one time or another from an acquaintance or friend.
Korean temples have always been friendly places open to the people, and nests for their simple feelings and heartfelt wishes. As a result, Korean temples and stories about them reflect both Korean culture and Korean sentiment. And temples settings for stories, when illustrated visually, can be one of the most effective methods of presenting Korean culture to the world.

Composition and Contents of "Tales from the Temples"
The author and publisher of the book presents an introduction and stories related to Korean temples in a simple and fascinating way. The book also includes a brief sketch of important information on each temple as well as information on the Temple Stay program for visitors to Korea.
The charming stories include one of a jilted temple builder and his method of revenge ("Revenge Under the Roof"); how a temple came to be build through an incarnation ("A Sock, a Flower and an Incarnation"); a long tale of travel and unrequited love ("Why the Woman Became a Dragon"); and a story of celestial stonemasons ("The Mysterious Valley of Buddhas and Pagodas"). The stories are bound to bring about smiles of enchantment from the readers.

Table of contents

* Preface
* Revenge under the Roof.....Jeondeungsa Temple
* A Sock, a Flower, and an Incarnation.....Sudeoksa Temple
* Manjusri Solves the Problem.....Gwanchoksa Temple
* The Grateful Pheasants.....Sangwonsa Temple
* Greed Leads to Need, Desire to Mire.....Naksansa Temple
* Why the Woman Became a Dragon.....Buseoksa Temple
* A Shadow that Never Appeared.....Bulguksa Temple
* The Buddha Hall Never Completed.....Naesosa Temple
* The Mysterious Valley of Buddhas and Pagodas.....Unjusa Temple
* A Boat, a Bull and a Dream.....Mihwangsa Temple

About the Temples
For Visitors to Korea