Jiri-san Cheonhwang-bong  Beobgye-sa
지리산  천황봉 법계사  1300 meters up
Exquisite-Wisdom Mountain Heavenly-King Peak   Beobgye Temple
in the Inner-Southeast Sector of Jiri-san
Viewed from a higher ridge to the south, Beobgye-sa is clearly seen on the
lower-left, beneath Jiri-san
Cheonhwang-bong Peak upper-right.  It's about
1300 meters high -- making it
One of South Korea's Eight Highest Temples.
At the Beobgye-sa-ipgu trailhead, I found a new pavilion with Neo-Traditionalist Jang-seung poles and dol-tap cairns.  Just 5
minutes up the trail, I passed the
Kal-bawi [Knife Boulder], the ancient indicator of the path to climb up to the temple & peak.
Beobgye-sa's sacred boulders and the pagoda erected on one of them -- a very rare positioning, implying that Shamanic
rock-worship serves as a "base" for Buddhist practices, and that the pagoda serves as an "antenna" amplifying the
conduction of Heavenly and Earthly energies [
천기지기]-- concepts related to Doseon-guksa's theories of Bibo-pungsu-jiri.
The San-shin enshrined in the Main Hall is
modern but terribly ordinary.   Given this
location, it's surprising that it's not  
The Yong-wang [Dragon-King of the
Waters] has unusual prominent clouds --
quite appropriate for this location far from
any seas, but host to myriad swirling or
foggy clouds clustering around the peak,
offering rains to all the region.
View from the Main Hall out to and beyond the south ridge (from which I took the photos at the top).
A modern fitted dol-tap [stone pagoda]
with small spirit-worship altar, out in
the forest near Beobgye-sa.