Spectacular "Remote from the Mundane World" Mountains
National Park 충북 보은군 속리산 1058m summit
A key sector of the Baekdu-daegan Cordillera
Host of Beopju-sa and so much more!
|Munjang-dae Peak, a key peak of the Baekdu-daegan Trail
(photo from the National Parks Administration)
|Still Under Construction
Sujeong-am Sanshin Painting
Osong Waterfall and Trail
Baek-il San-jedan Mountain-Ceremony-Altar
Goesan County and Chilbo-san
Hwayang-dong Scenic Gorge
Gubyeong-san Punghyeol Site
Hyeonje-bong Jang-gojae Pass Sanshin-gak
San-shin Site Contents Page
|Sanghwang-am [Upper-Emperor Hermitage
|The Samseong-gak [Three Saints Shrine] of Sogni-san's Yeojeok-am Hermitage
|The very famous “Jeongipum-song” (正二品松) pine-tree when it was still fairly healthy, when I
first stopped-by it in September 1982, on an RAS Tour. Over 600 years old, barely staying alive
-- Korea's only plant that was a government official; yes, really!!
The pathway to Beopju-sa used to run right under its wide eaves. Today it's in a little park well-
back from the paved roadway, with a little parking-spot; most visitors stop to get a selfie with it.
|Visiting with my Tourism students on Nov 10th 2006 -- the damage is obvious.
|The official "wife" of that one-great pine, in a nearby village. Same species, and similar
extended branches on one side (the "Minister Tree" once looked like this). Notice the
V-shaped trunk, that makes it seem female -- compare with the straight-rod trunk above!
Of course a high government official needs to have a wife, and this tree was
included in the enfeoffed lands that the villagers were mandated to care-for.