Chinese Buddhism was introduced into Korea in the fourth century, and from there taken to Japan two centuries later. In this paper, I would like to compare what are the Chinese influences to Korea and Japan in the temples of Buddhism field. In addition, does Chinese really directly influence these two countries?The reason that I pick Korea and Japan as a comparison is because I have been to these two countries and visited some temples of them. My feeling is that even though those temples have some similarities but unique. I think it may be interesting to introduce the transformation of the temples. In addition, my grandfather is a Buddhist and I actually got some useful information form him about the paper.
Historically, Japan has been subject to sudden invasions of new and alien ideas followed by long periods of minimal contact with the outside world. Over time the Japanese developed the ability to absorb, imitate, and finally assimilate those elements of foreign culture that complemented their aesthetic preferences. For example: Even though Japanese temples are influenced by China and Korea, it still keeps its original ideas and having its own style. On the other hand, while the foreign influence on Korean art cannot be ignored, it is almost impossible to appreciate the real value of Korean art without properly understanding the underlying context of Korean history and culture. This obvious truth has more often than not been overlooked
Buddhism wasfirst brought from China to the Korean Peninsula in 372 CE. Thefirst Korean temples to be built, according to records, were Songmun-sa (or Ch’o-mun-sa) and Ibulran-sa. A Buddhist temple compound is far more than just a collection of buildings. First of all, the land is chosen according to the ancient science of geomancy which considers the shape of the mountains, position of water and the cardinal directions. Next the Main Hall is built, accompanied by special ceremonies. The oth…

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