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I'm surprised no-one else has ever uploaded anything from this famous temple in Korea. These 'jangseung' or guardian totem poles are the tallest I've ever seen. The text also appears to be Chinese, rather than Korean. There's a fountain in the distance.

I've used a 28mm lens, so there is some lens barrel distortion. This pattern was used / | \ so that the centre line is level.

"A 'jangseung' or village guardian is a Korean totem pole usually made of wood. Jangseungs were traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark for village boundaries and frighten away demons. They were also worshipped as village tutelary deities.

In the southern regions of Jeolla, Chungcheong, and Gyeongsang, jangseungs are also referred to as beopsu or beoksu, a variation of boksa (복사/卜師), meaning a male shaman.

In the Jeolla region, jangseungs are often made of stone bearing some resemblance to the dolhareubangs of Jeju Island."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jangseung

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