Looking at the same nightscape outside the window of the temple, as seen in the pictures I saw on the Internet, made me bored quickly. I guessed that the nightscape would be the best photographic scene that Samkwangsa could provide. However, regardless of the lack of unique view because everyone had taken pictures at that spot, I didn’t like the view, which seemed as if the nightscape was lifeless, the way a taxidermic animal might appear.*Having been bored of the view, I came down from the building and encountered the numerous lanterns’ glowing light right ahead of me. That was the moment when my hunch sprang that there must be something better to see inside. I guessed Kihun and Hyunchul saw the same hope as me. I can’t recall who said it first, but all of us agreed to scatter and individually photograph from that point. Right after deciding where to meet later, each of us separately vanished into the colorful lanterns. It seemed to my eyes as if the wave of light swallowed us one by one.As I walked between the lanterns, the mood that the lanterns evoked muted my hearing, even if the sounds of the chanting of the Buddhist scriptures and steps of tourists could ring inside my ears. Then, a sort of serenity engulfed me. That was the time when I found the true charm of the temple.May 2014, E100VS, Busan

Looking at the same nightscape outside the window of the temple, as seen in the pictures I saw on the Internet, made me bored quickly. I guessed that the nightscape would be the best photographic scene that Samkwangsa could provide. However, regardless of the lack of unique view because everyone had taken pictures at that spot, I didn’t like the view, which seemed as if the nightscape was lifeless, the way a taxidermic animal might appear.

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Having been bored of the view, I came down from the building and encountered the numerous lanterns’ glowing light right ahead of me. That was the moment when my hunch sprang that there must be something better to see inside. I guessed Kihun and Hyunchul saw the same hope as me. I can’t recall who said it first, but all of us agreed to scatter and individually photograph from that point. Right after deciding where to meet later, each of us separately vanished into the colorful lanterns. It seemed to my eyes as if the wave of light swallowed us one by one.

As I walked between the lanterns, the mood that the lanterns evoked muted my hearing, even if the sounds of the chanting of the Buddhist scriptures and steps of tourists could ring inside my ears. Then, a sort of serenity engulfed me. That was the time when I found the true charm of the temple.

May 2014, E100VS, Busan