Naksan-sa [Potalaka Temple] is part of a Provincial Park on the northern east coast in Yangyang County of Gangwon Province. Founded in 678 by Great Master Uisang, this temple and the 108m hill it sits on are named after the Indian residence of Avalokitesvara the Bodhisattva of Compassion. It features a large stone statue of him, and down on the seaside crags contains Hongryeon-am [Red Lotus Hermitage], one of Korea's 33 special shrines for that Bodhisattva, and also a major site for worship of the Shamanic Dragon-King of the Waters. Many upper buildings of Naksan-sa were tragically burnt down in 2005, but they have been fully rebuilt.
Painting of Wonhyo & Uisang brothers, Naksan-sa Temple
Martin Gray is a cultural anthropologist, writer and photographer specializing in the study and documentation of pilgrimage places around the world. During a 38 year period he has visited more than 1500 sacred sites in 165 countries. The World Pilgrimage Guide web site is the most comprehensive source of information on this subject.
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