|Undal-san / Gongdeok-san
Defenders of Northern Mungyeong City
3 km South of the Baekdu-daegan
forming the Undal-jimaek Sub-Range and the Daehari-cheon Watershed
Host of Two Major Monasteries: Daeseung-sa and Kimryong-sa
|Daeseung-sa's Main Hall Altar wood-carving of Sakyamuni Buddha and many
other deities is a National Treasure from the early Joseon Dynasty.
This is a half-circle sub-mountain-range, the Undal-jimaek branching off south from the
Baekdu-daegan Mountain-System at Daemi-san (1110m, Worak-san region). Its main peak is
Undal-san 1097m, on whose eastern slope rests the famous Kimryong-sa Temple. Across
the valley to its east is the other "arm", Gongdeok-san 913m (with Cheonju-bong 839m), on
whose western slope rests the even-more-famous Daeseung-sa Temple -- on maps these
two monasteries appear in a parallel line south of the Baekdu-daegan, along with
Yongmun-sa further to their east. South of Undal-san the Jimaek continues with Dan-san
[Altar Mtn] 958m, Baenamu-san 798m, Gulbong-san 349m, Ojeong-san 810m and
Bongmyeong-san 691m. Up at the northern top of the half-circle ridge are Guksa-bong 943m
and a half-dozen other (nameless) peaks. All this creates a watershed for the Daehari-cheon
Stream, which joins with the Geum-cheon Stream to its before emptying into the Nakdong
River. These mountains dominate the northern topography of Mungyeong City.
|Three I Ching Hexagrams used on the top -- Kun Earth -- are very rare and
meaningful Neo-Confucian elements.
Daeseung-sa remains famous for serious Seon
meditation-practice and offers a charming
Temple-Stay program focused on it.
|The relief-carving of Amita Buddha, and the Sabul-bawi [4 Buddhas Rock] above Daeseung-sa