New Year’s Day Temple Ceremony at Don-Wan-Sa Temple in Pyeongtaek

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On New Years Day in 2013, I had the opportunity to attend a very special ceremony at a temple in Pyeongtaek.  Since I have started my research on Sri Lankan history and culture and customs for my memoir Beautiful Eye, I have become personal friends with a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk in South Korea.  In fact his temple is not far from where I live at all.  He has become a very special person in my life with his knowledge of Sri Lanka and with introducing me to other Sri Lankans in South Korea.

The temple’s name is Don-Wan-Sa and is about a 20 to 30 minute walk from the Camp Humphreys main gate.  You can also take bus 20 from Pyeongtaek station.  Walk out exit 1 and cross the street.  The bus ride is about 15 minutes.  To take a taxi from Pyeongtaek station or from Camp Humphreys (the recommended way as it’s hard to find), show this address to the taxi:

경기도 평택시 팽성읍 안정4리 83 44 도원사 

In English it’s:
83-44 Anjeong-ri, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

if you have an American GPS and want to drive.  The temple phone number is 031-691-4046 if your taxi does get lost.

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Main entrance to Don-Wan-Sa in Pyeongtaek

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Lanterns decorated at Don-Wan-Sa for the ceremony

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Lanterns inside the temple

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Alter at the temple

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Some of the participants at the ceremony

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Sri Lankan monks

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Offering time

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Traditional Sri Lankan food

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Prayers and well-wishes

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The monks pose for photos

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Kandian dancing to open the ceremony

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The procession to the temple

 

Note that the ceremonies at this temple have been moved to the other side of Camp Humphreys. For details, go to the Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

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