|Special Features of Wangryeong-sa
|Seoul's Three-Peaks Mountains Brotherhood Peak "Comfortable-Prosperity Temple"
boasts several unique and interesting shrines and icons other than it's Sanshin-gak.
the Bell-Pavillion is dramatically
perched on a pointed "ship's-prow" boulder.
Statues of Mireuk-bul (Maitreya the
Bodhisattva of Future Salvation, who
will come as the next Buddha) flank
the entrance, a typical Korean
standing one with two lanterns on the
left (next to a natural overhang-
semi-cave once used for San-shin
worship), and a modern "cute"
Chinese-ish one, kind of ridiculous or
Disenyesque, perched on a boulder.
Another standing statue of Mireuk Buddha, up on a cliff,
with Dragon background and figures on its base, one of
which looks more Confucian than Buddhist (below).
the Yong-wang [Dragon-King of Waters] Shrine
|Wang-ryeong-sa is a small temple but has a few quite unusual and
interesting features besides its spectacular San-shin shrine.
This is the Chilseong-gak [7 Stars (of the Big Dipper)
Shrine; these used to be more common in Korean
temples but few now remain as separate buildings.
My good friend Renate is seen above.
Inside that Chil-seong-gak, flanking a bronze Buddha and two Boddhisattvas, are
separate statues for the Seven Stars (of the Big Dipper), and one more of the North
Star / Longevity-spirit (far right). Such sets of individual icons of these stars, and
depicted in Confucian style rather than as Buddhas, are extemely rare in Korea!
These colorful paintings of sacred temple-sites are
on the interior side-walls of that Chil-seong-gak.
As if that were not enough, the
also features a unique faux-two-
storey octagonal Deok-seong-
gak [Lonely Saint Shrine] with
great old guardian-paintings all
around. The Deok-seong is a
disciple of Buddha who is "stuck"
on earth, ordered to help us
humans out with his magic
powers. Inside this shrine, all 16
basic Diciples [the very popular
Nahan] are depicted, strangely,
ruining the "Lonely" motif of this
in the Main hall, a formal portrait of Ja-in's
monastic teacher is enshrined with a pair
of metal Sutra-printing-blocks in front, to
honor his scholarship.
Wangryeong-sa's outdoor collection of crockery
for fermenting kimchi, toeng-jang [miso or
soya-paste] and gang-jang [soy sauce].
Shin-jung Altar in the Main Hall
Sakyamuni Buddha (flanked by Munsu and
Bohyeon Bodhisattvas) Altar in the Main Hall
Lower details of that painting -- Shamanic-powered monks riding mythical animals try to inspire salvation
among the suffering, while the God of Thunder performs above a soul trapped in a burning building.
myself with Wanryeong-sa's Abbot, the scholar-monk
Ja-in Seunim, who has served here since 1978 --->
|The approach to Wangryeong-sa
|A great antique "Sweet Dew" painting of the Buddhist vision of an afterlife,
presided over by the Seven Buddhas and the Four Principal Bodhisattvas,
with traditional ceremonies in the center and Hell-tortures below, in the Main Hall.