This is Part One of In the Land of Dragons: Painted Dragons. Dragons are painted as protective spirits on eaves, beams, and ceilings of important structures. These photos were taken during my visits to various temples, shrines and palaces in South Korea.
|Smoke breathing dragon face in the beams of Chungnyeolsa Shrine|
|Painted dragon incorporated into the royal furniture at Suwon Palace.|
|A ceiling at one of the gates at Suwon Fortress|
|Dragon-faced window panels at Suwon Fortress|
|Faded dragon-faced wall panels at Suwon Fortress|
|Eaves outside main entrance at Tangeumdae Buddhist Temple|
|Ceiling of small forest temple outside of Chungju|
|Outside of the main door of a Buddhist Temple near Chungnyeolsa Shrine.|
|The back of the same dragon at the main door of the Buddhist Temple near Chungnyeolsa Shrine|
|A beam inside the Buddhist Temple near Chungnyeolsa Shrine|
Part Two of this article will feature Stone Dragons.