|Bing-san or Bukdu-san
Daeheung-sa and Bulam-sa
small temples in the Bingsan Gyegok Valley Park
|There are two small, quirky Buddhist
temples way up the southwestern
road of this Bingsan Valley. The first
one seen, Daeheung-sa or "Great
Arising Temple", is most interesting...
And that's because of its' Sanshin-gak
or "Mountain-spirit Shrine" --->
|This "Sanshin-gak" turns out to really be a Samseong-gak [Three Saints Shrine] -- one with a
most unusual triad! There is no Chil-seong [Seven Stars of Destiny] icon, typically in the
middle position. Instead, San-shin [Mountain-spirit] is in the center, and he is flanked by
Dok-seong [Lonely Saint] on left and Yong-Wang [Dragon-King of the Waters] on the right.
|This San-shin painting is modern and well-done, but really quite ordinary --
save for the bizarre "flower-stamen" headgear on the dongja boy-attendant!!
|The Dok-seong and Yong-Wang are also quite simple and
ordinary -- and apparently done by the same artist.
|Bulam-sa [Buddha-Rock Temple] is just a bit further up that
valley, and is made of the most modernist faux-country-folk
architecture that I have ever seen used for a temple! (usually,
this sort of motif is now used for restaurants and pension-motels). It
sports a simple pagoda and a lovely biseok monument. On
this day in July 2013 nobody was there and it was all locked...