|Gyeongju's Nam-san 경주남산
the ultra-sacred South Mountain of Korea's Ancient Capital
displaying an amazing array of Buddhist stone treasures
Part of the Gyeongju National Park, and the
"Gyeongju Historic Areas" UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
The Namsan Mountain Belt, lying to the north of Gyeongju City, covers 2,650 hectares.
Buddhist monuments that have been excavated up to now include the ruins of 122
temples, 53 stone statues, 64 pagodas and 16 stone lanterns.
Poseokjeong Pavillion in the Namsan Mountain Belt is the place where the Silla Kings
along with their officials and nobles floated their wine glasses on the water, according to
historians. When the water flew along the stone groove, they recited poems before their
glasses floated up to them.
Poseokjeong PavillionPoseokjeong is built of 63 kinds of rock materials. It is 35
centimeters wide, 26 centimeters deep on average, and the total length is about 10 meters.
It is said that water from a local mountain was brought to Poseokjeong, and was spewed
out through a stone turtle, but the stone turtle does not remain today.
Poseok-jeong was designated as private monument No.1 in 1963. The location is originally
where the royal villa of the ancient Silla had been, but the building no longer exists, and
only a stone waterway shaped as a shell is left in its place. Poseok valley, placed next to
Poseokjeong, was also much loved by the Silla people for its clean water and beautiful
Gyeongju Nam-san is listed as one of Korea's most
sacred places on Martin Gray's excellent Sacred
Sites of the World website, on this page about Korea.
For plenty of information and beautiful photos of the
world's holy pilgrimage destinations, get his excellent
new 275-page book:
Sacred Earth: Places of Peace and Power.
|The Samneung Valley Seated-Buddha
|Namsan Village "Twin" Pagodas, Treasure #124
the trail up to Chilbul-am begins here
|Nice Heritage Videos on YouTube showing some of the Treasures here:
Part 1 Part 2
|the steep craggy slopes are thickly
forested with sacred crooked pines
|Its main and northern summit, 468m, is actually named Geum-o-san
金鰲山 금오산 -- Golden 'huge mythological sea-turtle' Mountain. Its rear
(southern) main peak is named Gowi-san 고위산, and a.k.a. Suri-san 수리산.