|Gyeongju's Nam-san's famous
The Legendary "Three Buddhas Temple"
with the oldest large stone triad-set in the nation
|Nearby: O-neung, Na-jeong and Poseok-jeong Sites
Nearby: Samneung Valley
Nearby: Sanshin Statue and Woljeong-sa
Sangseon-am the Upper Immortal Hermitage
Bori-sa Buddha Statue
Sangseo-jang Shrine of Choi Chi-won
Gyeongju Nam-san Page
Sacred Mountains of Gyeongju Index-Page
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|Sambul-sa's Main Dharma Hall and Sanshin-gak
|In the center, Amita-bul the Buddha of Western Paradise; although some identified him as either
Sakyamuni the Original Buddha due to his su-in/ mudra/ hand-gestures, the "protection and giving"
motif extremely popular in SE Asian Theravada Buddha statues, but rarely seen in Korean statues.
|Gwanse-eum-bosal / 觀世音菩薩 / Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion
|Sambul-sa's courtyard pagoda, which some think was reconstructed from ancient Seonbang-saji ruins
on this square cement block in 1923; however, another theory is that, according to a few characters
on a stone fragment excavated nearby, it was built in 880 CE for a lost temple that stood here.
|The modern Sanshin-gak [Mountain-spirit Shrine]
|Three very Daoist paintings on the outside walls of that Sanshin-gak; this one is the
North Star of Longevity, with 3 dongja-boys holding his staff, gourd and Immortality Peach.
|A figure much like a Sanshin, with grumpy tiger, fly-wisk and long eyebrows like
Pindola / Dokseong; but it isn't a Sanshin icon because there's no red pine tree.
|Nice forest behind, instead of the usual mountain-scapes.
This temple is indeed surrounded by thick groves of classic Red Pines as-said.
|The unique-Korean folklore-famed "Smoking Tiger" motif.
|The unusual Shinjung Taenghwa [Assembly of Guardian Spirits Icon-Painting] in the Main Dharma Hall
|The Hindu creator-god Brahma surrounded by 3 nice Korean dongja attendants, Yongwang the
Dragon-King, and a few skeevy characters, in the center of that Shinjung Taenghwa.
The Korean/Chinese Buddhist term for Brahmā is 大梵天王 Daebeom-cheonwang =
Great Brahman Heavenly King, or just 梵天 Beomcheon -- this powerful deity was
adopted from Hinduism into Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma Teachings,
and he is never depicted in Buddhist texts or artworks as a creator-god.
|Sanshin the mountain-spirit, with... what, who, The Wolfman...? -- in that painting.
Note the bullocho tied on Sanshin's crooked, dragon-head master's staff.