Cliff-Theme Temple in the Center of Bukhan-Sanseong Fortress
Under Yongam-bong Peak -- within the National Park -- Visited August 2010
|This temple was founded in the early 1700s, just above (south of) the Jungseong-mun Central
Gate of the Bukhan-Sanseong [North-of-Han-River Mtn-Fortress], and only 50 meters north of
Jungheung-saji in the scenic-gorge, on the west foot of Yongam-bong [Dragon-Rock Peak]. It
was completely destroyed in the early 20th Century, but has now been rebuilt as a modern semi-
shamanic devotional-temple with many stone statues dramatically set against the granite cliffs.
Its name Yonghak-sa means "Dragon-Crane Temple", combining those two
heaven-soaring auspicious symbol-creatures into an eum-yang (yin-yang) motif.
|Entranceway with old and new monuments
|The Sanshin-gak [Mountain-spirit Shrine] set above the others
|ceremony underway in the Main Hall
|Chilseong [Seven Stars] Shrine
|Statue-shrines of Yong-wang [Dragon-King of the Waters] and an obscure Child-Fertility spirit