The reasons for these formidable creatures is to protect the temple by warding off anything that would try to harm these places of peace and solitude. My guide, Monica, told me that often Korean mothers would tell their children about these creatures...warning them if their behaviour did not improve, they would come and get them.
I had to laugh...but smiled when I noticed the colored prayer requests that were folded up and tied together. Requests for luck, love, happiness, and health...the common needs of all.
All Buddhist temples are primarily found in the mountains, as the religion was heavily persecuted. The Doughwasa Temple, was built in 493 and its original name was Yugasa and renamed after its reconstruction.
At the Donghwasa Temple...you will be met by these creatures with bulging eyes and just remember...they really won't harm you...but they are always watching.