Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yeosu's Hyangiram destroyed by fire.
Yeosu's Hyangiram hermitage (향일암) had its Main Hall and several other buildings destroyed by fire early this morning, reduced to a lump of ash according to the 여수신문.
What contributed to the destruction is that it's not easily accessible to fire fighters: you have to climb 291 steps to the hermitage, along a path which can be extremely narrow at times.
Hyangiram is one of the most popular spots in the area for viewing the first sunrise of the new year because of its location on Geumosan above the South Sea, and for what it's worth it was among the best places I've visited in Korea. You can read more about Hyangiram via this KBS World profile.