On a cold bright night in Seoul, with a 16 hour layover between flights, I hit the streets. After hours of wandering through dark roads, warm coffeeshops, and busy market streets, I was giving up on finding anything truly cool.
Then, around 4 in the morning, Beng Eunsa. An old temple complex in the heart of Seoul’s district for bankers and financiers and businessmen and any other Suit you could imagine.
Somewhere shortly before dawn, the monks started beating drums and clanging cymbals as I was climbing up to the top of the temple to look out over the city as the sun came up. It was a ‘moment’ for sure, and one that I definitely wasn’t expecting.