The drum of Beopjusa.

Drum in Beopjusa

The drum of Beopjusa.

Travelling in Korea often means discovering old temples in the mountains. If lot of them have been destroyed or damaged by invasions and wars, a plenty is remaining.

As Confucianism is directly linked to korean culture, foreigners interested by this county should definitely try once in their life a temple stay experience. This means joining the monks in their daily life for one weekend or more.

In this picture, a monk is beating a drum before the evening ceremony. There is however 4 different instruments that monks play at that time: a drum, a bell, a fish and a cloud. You can refer to the bellow quote for getting more detailed information on the purpose of these instruments:

(By Kim Haan-young)
“Samul” or Four instruments represent the basic percussion instruments installed in the temple bell pavilion. The main purpose of these instruments is to express the Buddha’s teaching symbolically through sound. They are ‘Beomjong’ (Temple bell), ‘Beopgo’ (Dharma drum), ‘Mokeo’ (Wooden fish) and ‘Unpan’ (Cloud gong). Each percussion instrument is used for the purpose of liberating all sentient beings in the universe: ‘Beomjong’ is for those living on Earth; “Beopgo” for those residing in heaven and hell; “Mokeo’’ for those belonging to the water world, the rivers and seas and ‘Unpan’ for those in the sky. “Samul-nori” or the Four-instrument ensemble, the most famous Korean traditional musical performance is often said to be derived from this Buddhist paradigm. Samul-nori is composed of the four Korean percussion instruments, “buk (big drum), “janggu” (small drum), “jing (big gong); and “ggwaeng-gari” (small gong).

 

 

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