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Mani-san, Ganghwa-do Island

Chamseong-dan altar, Mt. Mani-san, Ganghwa-do Island

The “Demon Expelling Mountain” is the most sacred site on Ganghwa Island of Incheon City, relatively quite famous throughout the nation. There is an ancient stone shrine on its highest peak (469m, the Chamseong-dan [Truly Holy Altar], that commands a wide view of the Yellow Sea. Many Koreans believe it to be connected to ancient nationalistic myths; below it on the slopes a shrine for the national heroes has been built. Just east of this mountain is the historically important Buddhist temple Jeondeung-sa.

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

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