-- temples south of Yeongok-sa --
in the Eastern-Southwest Sector of Jiri-san (below Banya-bong and Samdo-bong Peaks)
All three of these small temples are found in Toji-
myeon District's Waegok-ri [Outside Valley Village]
beside the long valley-road running up from
National Highway 19 to Yeongok-sa Temple
and Pia-gol Valley.
Hansan-sa [Big Mountain Temple; one of the pre-
Buddhist names of Jiri-san] displays several unique
Korean-religion icons. On an altar in the Main Hall
(above) a plastic statue of the San-shin is central,
in front of a Sakyamuni Buddha painting, and
flanked by Yong-wang and a gold-plastic Cheseok
Buddha holding seven small statues of sages
representing the Chil-seong.
The San-shin painting (right) is quite cartoonish
but with several interesting traditional motifs;
four dongja boys being shown is exceptional. It
has unfortunately been badly damaged by mold.
In an outdoor shrine built with cement over
boulders (below), several granite statues of
mysterious shamanic identity are enshrined in
front of sacred texts.
There are at least two other small temples at Jiri-san
named Hansan-sa, and they are both located in the
Akyang-myeon Valley just 10 km east of this one.
Bullak-sa is another small modern temple there,
with the above fine San-shin painting -- he holds
a natural-leaf-fan, a rare motif. The Shin-jung
(left) found next to it in that Sanshin-gak shrine is
quite unusual in its placement of the characters;
Yong-wang & San-shin are found at the center,
with a swordsman in-between (below);
San-shin's "official" hat is quite rare, and he
holds both staff/gourd & bullocho.
Cheonwang-sa [Heavenly-King Temple, a common name in the Jiri-san region] is the third small modern
temple found outside of Yeongok-sa. It's that Sanshin-gak shrine contains only these two icons, both
unique in Korea! In the San-shin painting, he sits on his tiger in a Mireuk-bul [Maitreya Bodhisattva] pose,
holding a tiger-colored artificial-leaf-fan, both very rare motifs. The Chil-seong painting found next to it is
unique as far as I've seen, with so few characters, the stars done as civilian-officials instead of 'Buddhas',
and the background filled with clouds -- with two evocative empty gaps.