지리산 천황봉 1915 meters
Exquisite-Wisdom Mountain's Heavenly-King Peak
in the Inner-Southeast Sector of Jiri-san, and above some others
|Viewed from the east, on National Highway #20. Jiri-san Cheonhwang-bong
[Exquisite-Wisdom Mountain Heavenly-King Peak] is 1915 meters high, making it
mainland southern Korea's highest peak (Halla-san on Jeju-do Island is 1950). It is a
major goal of, if not the supreme accomplishment for, all mountain-hikers in Korea.
It is the first major peak trekked along the 735-km Baekdu-daegan Crest Trail.
|Viewed from the southeast, closer up, in the valley leading to the Beobgye-sa Ipku Trailhead.
The female deity inhabiting and personifying Cheonhwang-bong, the Seongmo-halmae
San-shin [Holy-Mother Grandma Mountain-spirit] (link below) is the most important and
influential female San-shin in all of Korea, and has few superiors among all Korean deities.
|Viewed from the south, on the way up, at about 1400 meters
|Jiri-san's Cheonhwang-bong summit
seen from the north (Hamyang County)
|Viewed from the south in February 2007, at the Samshin-bong Tunnel up above Naedae-cheon Valley
|Seen from the NW
|from Google Earth