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Buseok 'Floating Rock', Buseok-sa Temple, Sobaek-san

The “Lesser White Mountains” is now a huge sprawling National Park, on the borders of North Gyeongsang, North Chungcheong, and Gangwon Provinces; its peaks continue the “Baekdu-daegan” spine of Korea westwards from Taebaek-san. It is thought of as Korea’s main “residence” of Biro-bul [Vairocana the Buddha of Cosmic Light], and several of its peaks and temples are devoted to that deity. In the Yeongju City sector sits Buseok-sa [Floating-Rock Monastery] at Seondal-bong [Meditation-Moon Peak] (1236m), founded in 676 by Great Master Uisang to propagate the Hwaeom [Hua-yen] doctrines. Still today one of Korea's most important Buddhist temples, it’s famous for its beautiful and geomantically-ideal setting and architecture, including its Main Hall, Korea's oldest large wooden building. Nearby is the Seosu-seowon [Western-Water Academy], in Punggi Town of Yeongju City. This was the first Neo-Confucian private school built in Korea, founded by renowned scholar Toegye Yi Hwang in 1550; it contains the shrine and museum for the Sage An Hyang, who brought Neo-Confucianism from China to Korea in the 14th Century. Many people who value the ancient Confucian ideals visit here.

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Anyang-ryu Pavilion, Buseok-sa Temple, Sobaek-san


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Buddha statue, Buseok-sa Temple, Sobaek-san


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Buddha statue, Buseok-sa Temple, Sobaek-san


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Sanshin Mountain-spirit, Buseok-sa Temple, Sobaek-san


For additional information by Professor David Mason, visit san-shin.net.

For information about traveling to Korean sacred sites, contact Roger Shepherd.

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