Beobhwa-san   법화산
the Dharma-Blossom Mountain
in the Inner-Northeast / Hamyang County Sector of Jiri-san
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symbol of Buddhist enlightenment, which is considered to be the fruit or flower (best & final result) of
the Buddha-teachings; Jiri-san itself is considered enlightening or at least wisdom-granting (see
opening page), and so this name for one of its primary foothills follows-on nicely.  It's a 1000-meter
mountain, the highest of Jiri's surrounding peaks, located in Hyucheon-myeon District of Hamyang
County on Jiri's northeast.  The Eomcheon-gang River flows NE past its southern borders.
Above is the Main Hall of Southern Beobhwa-sa [Dharma-Blossom Temple], about 700 meters high, on
a steep east-facing slope but just south of the 1000-m summit -- an auspicious
hyeol location -- and
there's another, ancient, one on the north slopes with the same name (see next page).  This one claims
to also be an ancient traditional temple of Jiri-san, but physical or recorded evidence for that is lacking.
San-shin is well-done but
a bit hard to pick out in
the
Shinjung-taenghwa
in that Main Hall.
The new Samseong-gak [Three Sages Shrine] of Southern Beobhwa-sa, and the excellent
modern Dokseong painting found inside of it
(with San-shin below; the Chilseong is not here, but in the
Upper Main Hall, seen below on this page)
.  In an extremely rare motif, the "Lonely Saint" is flanked by
two beautiful young women instead of the usual children -- looking not so lonely at all!
He looks surprised by his good fortune...
The very modern San-shin painting enshrined in that
Samseong-gak features three finely-drawn dongja,
one boy curiously standing separately in the top-right.  
There are great waterfalls and a very twisted pine-tree
in the background.
Excellent lotus-flower-and-other-motif dancheong and a very modern-style tiger with three cubs
are painted on the outside wall of that shrine -- note how the tiger's nose is exaggeratedly big, like
one on the famous
Yangban and Seonbi masks of Andong's Hahoe Village Talchum [Mask-Dance]!!!
Details:  a spring of drinkable water at the foot of the pagoda's stairway, and the Shipi-ji [12 Auspicious
Animals of the Oriental Zodiac] around its base.  
Shipi-ji stone-carvings are becoming more popular in the
Neo-Traditionalist wave, as an imitation of the very rare ancient motif on Shilla stoneworks, now seen as
uniquely characteristic of Korea's arts -- they are found only on a few tombs and pagodas in the Shilla capital
Gyeongju -- and in two treasures here at Jiri-san -- compare with those cases, at
Hwaeom-sa &  Yeongok-sa.
The excellent modern
Chil-seong painting in
that Hall, with unusual
curly-bearded
Bukseong-shin.
The excellent modern Shin-jung painting in that Hall, in which San-shin (detail above) is plain & hard-to-find.
A very unusual but magnificent feature in this Upper Hall is this altar-display of ritual-portraits of the
21 greatest Masters of Korean Buddhism from Won-gwang, Jajang, Wonhyo & Uisang through
Chingpyo, Uicheon, Jineul Bojo and Seosan right up to Gyeongheo, Gusan and Seongcheol (etc)!
Astoundingly-excellent modern dancheong paintings on the outer wall of that Hall!
Lowest section:  the Wonhyo/skull story (left) and the
Moktak-origin story (right).
Further in the Inner-Northeast / S.
Hamyang County Sector of Jiri-san:
Byeoksong-sa and its West Hermitage
Eomcheon-gang River Area:  N. Munsu-sa,  Jeokjo-am and etc.
Gyeonbul-sa, major new "Viewing Buddha Temple"
Eastern Macheon-myeon District:
Hanshin-gyegok Scenic Gorge
Baekmu-dong-gyegok Scenic Gorge
Chottae-bong & Yeong- shin Peaks,
Seseok-pyeongjeon Field & Seseok-cheon Spring
(under construction)



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window looking up to an ornate modern pagoda supposedly containing
Buddha-saria brought from India, surrounded by statues of guardians and lions -- in a Korean tradition
stemming from the famous Main Hall / saria-stupa of Yeongchwi-san Tongdo-sa
(one of Korea's greatest temples).