Taebaek-san        태백산  부석사
the magnificent & profound Floating-Rock Temple
a key sacred site along the Baekdu-daegan
overall view in October, from a Yeongju City tourist-brochure
This is one of the most famous sites in Korea for having an ideal
topograpical / geomantic configuration according to
Pungsu-jiri theory.
Buseok-sa in mid-winter
The story from the Samguk-Yusa of Great Master Uisang-josa founding Buseok-sa,
when Myohwa (as an invisible dragon) suspends the "floating rock" to threaten protesting villagers.
A grand monastery founded by Mater Uisang-josa in 645 CE to propagate Avatamsaka Buddhism,
under authority granted by Queen Seondeok;  one of the
Hwaeom-Shipchal Temples
This great and famous temple is located at the southeastern tip of Sobaek-san National Park, and so
is often thought to be part of the Sobaek-san mountain-cluster area;  technically, it is at the southwest
foot of the local peak of that cluster, called
Bonghwang-san [Phoenix Mountain] (822m, just 1500m
south of the
Baekdu-daegan Ridgeline) which is 4km south of Seondal-san [Immortal-Moon Mountain]
(1236m, member of the Baekdu-daegan);  and so from the 1950s through 1990s it was commonly called
either "Sobaek-san Buseok-sa", "Bonghwang-san Buseok-sa" or "Seondal-san Buseok-sa".   However,
about the year 2000 they erected a new
Ilchul-mun [One-Pillar Entrance-Gate], seen above, at their
main entranceway, and put on it a new
pyeon-aek [扁額, formal signboard] that restored its traditional
name "Taebaek-san Buseok-sa" -- claiming the temple to be hosted by the
Grand White Mountain itself.
Buseok-sa is about 23km from the summit of Taebaek-san in a straight line (ENE), and much farther by
any roads or the Baekdu-daegan Trail, but the national spiritual reputation of Taebaek-san is so high
that its name is invoked by temples this far away; see also the cases of
Jeongam-sa on Hambaek-san
and small temples in the Deokgu Hot-Springs Valley near the east coast;  claiming it as their host just
increases the sacred status of that temple (or other institution, village or business).
the Anyang-ru Pavilion, famous in poetry for the view it offers,  and the Stone Lantern
the Muryangsu-jeon Main Hall, oldest surviving wooden building in Korea, Stone Lantern and Upper Pagoda
interior of the Muryangsu-jeon, featuring the treasured gilt-clay Buddha statue
in October glory
The actual "buseok" [floating rock] today, resting to the left of the Muryangsu-jeon