|Chungnam's Taean County, Anmyeon Island's Guksa-bong
This is a fairly-spectacular modern temple on the east coast of Anmyeon-do Island, at the eastern foot of Guksa-bong
(107m), the highest mountain on it. A member of the Jogye Order, it is the largest and most-visited religious institution
on the much-touristed island, which is part of Taean County. The big 3-storey tower above is still under-construction as
of July 2009, and looks like it will be residential and for lectures / seminars. Note the statues on the landscaped slope.
|In accordance with its location, Anmyeon-am is specially dedicated to Gwanse-eum-bosal the Bodhisattva
of Compassion (Avalotesvara) -- and his usual folk-culture companion the Yong-wang Dragon King.
|The Main Building seen from the rear, with the unique Samseong-gak Tower to its left.
|but the truly-different feature of this temple is the metal 5-storey pagoda built on a raft, which is held by
cables between two little hillocks -- when the tide is low it looks like this and people can walk out there
over the mud-flats, and when the tide is high it floats between the two islands, rather mystically.
|Main Altar in the Main Hall
|Shilla-Dynasty-style Geumgang (Diamond, Vajra) Guardian figures on the walkway in
The Shinjung-taenghwa [Assembly of Guardian Spirits relief-icon in the Main Hall
Yong-wang Dragon King with a military spirit
San-shin the Mountain-King in-between two military
spirits, has a prominent leaf-mantle on his shoulders,
representing his close relationship with King Dan-gun.
The remarkable 3-storey Folk-spirits
Tower attached to the Main Hall by
bridges. The top floor is for meditation,
the middle floor is a Yong-wang-gak
[Dragon-King Shrine] and the ground-floor
is a Samseong-gak [Three Sages Shrine].
|the view northwards from a balcony of that Tower