Some years after the experiences which created the story See The Light, NakSanSa Temple was destroyed by fire.
An inferno in 2005, which began in the pine forest surrounding the temple, was so intense that the bronze temple bell, which I had been privileged to sound, a national treasure which dated back to the 15th Century, was melted.
It wasn’t the first time NakSanSa had been destroyed.
The temple had previously been razed by fire in the 13th Century by the Mongolian hordes. From 1392, during the Joseon Dynasty, the temple was reconstructed. It was expanded by royal order in 1467, 1469, 1631 and 1643.
It was again burnt down in the 1950-53 Korean War.
Since the fire of 2005, NakSanSa Temple has again been rebuilt.
The consecutive painstaking rebuilding of the temple is a testament to the dedication of the Korean people and successive national and provincial governments.
No nails are used in the traditional wooden construction of Buddhist temples in South Korea.
The present-day temple museum displays a wooden violin and cello built from structural wood that survived the fire.
NakSanSa Temple is as perennial as Buddhism itself.
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