the dramatic "Buddha-Rock Mountain" in NE Seoul
part of the Bukhan-san Sub-range
|Bul-am-san [Buddha-Rock Mountain] forms part of the border of north-eastern Seoul with Namyangju
City, up behind the vast Taeneung facilities (most of its temples are in Namyangju). Its sharp summit
is 508 meters high. The rounded cliff-peak on its left is called Cheonbo-san [Heavenly-Treasure
Mountain], although this is not used on maps. Seven interesting temples with fascinating iconographic
quirks and unique religious features, along with many good hiking-trails, are found on the slopes.
|a view from Gwanak-san to the south, through typical haze
|Bulam-san (pointed, center) with its subsidiary Cheonbo-san (rounded, left) and its partner
Surak-san (rocky, right) as seen from my former neighborhood in Gangdong-gu (far-SE Seoul),
about 15 km away, in May 2006. Many hikers use the long ridge between them (crossed
by a highway over the pass) to climb both peaks in one really LONG day of hiking...
|a variety of neo-traditionalist Shamanic and Buddhist folk-art decorates Bulam-san' s entranceway