Mt. Namsan in Gyeongju
Namsan in Gyeongju
I love Gyeongju Mt. Namsan with all my heart!! The local in Gyeongju always tell the story.
“Please, don’t talk about Gyeongju without sightseeing on
.” Mt. Namsan
Yes, right. If you visit Gyeongju, I’d like you to put
trail on your must-go place list. I feel sorry when people go sightseeing to just for the typical places called Gyeongju FM Trail excluding Mt. Namsan because it is not that so high that climbing even with children is possible. Mt. Namsan
In fact, thanks to the president running the accommodation called ‘the plain house in harmony with the nature’, I got to know the mountain first.
Two years ago when I first got the accomodation, the president asked us ‘how we set the travel routes’. When we told him our routes, the president recommended us to
Namsan by saying that climbing the mountain was a must. That was the moment when I got to know and feel the mountain. People should be good listeners. climb Mt.
This is the map of
, Gyeongju Mt. Namsan
I try to quote the explanation from guide books.
Mt. Namsan is the towering mountain of the southern Seorabeol that was the capital of the ancient Silla, and it is 4km away from the downtown of Gyeongju-si, running north-southward(about 8km long) with the oval shape and east-westward (about 4km wide) at an altitude of 468 meters and surrounding Seorabeol as a natural rampart.
A thousand years have passed since Silla declined and fell, but
Mt. Namsan which used to be the Western Paradise and the Land of happiness to Silla people still teems with Buddha statues and stone pagodas scattered around every valley and inspiring lots of legends despite damage and loss over time.
The mountain is called a living sanctuary of Silla’s history and soul where historical antiquities remain ranging from the Stone Age to Najeong Well to Poseokjeong which was the heart of the Silla’s national defense until the end of its history.
Mt. Namsan’s morning dew is described as the Silla people’s crystal clear eyes; the sunlight walking over like the pendulum as the Silla people’s whisper. As above, nothing can be comparable to the noted mountain which embraces the radiant redolence of natural Seorabeol inside, without showing outside. Mt. Namsan
It was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.
As such, it is full of tons of cultural remains. It is said that it takes at least one week to see the entire cultural heritage on
. I haven’t seen all of them yet. I will Mt. Namsan Namsan related pictures taken when I went there this year and the year before last. post Mt.
There several ways to climb up Mt. Namsan, but I chose the Samneung area after parking in the Samneung parking lot. The picture shows Samneung of Mt. Namsan.
Mountain climbing from any direction is possible. You can climb in the direction leading to lots of cultural remains. Cultural remains are everywhere around
. Mt. Namsan
A sign says at least five-minute stretching is a must before mountain climbing for injury prevention,-so I’m warming up with some stretches.
Because I haven’t climbed for a while, I feel the lack of exercise and weak physical strength whenever I do some exercise. It’s a natural result for I always go to my destinations by bike with no need for a walk.
I am passing by an apple orchard where apples are getting ripe. The apple sold in the local store tasted great.
The statue without a head is Seokjoyeoraejwasang. Sometimes regretfully, statues without a head are found here and there, and not only in Gyeongju.
There are hypotheses regarding the reason for. Anyway I’m really sorry for them.
This is Maaegwaneumbosalsang in
. (Tangible Cultural Property No.19) Samreung Valley
Quite a lot of cultural properties like the reliefs of Buddha statues carved on the natural granite are seen on
. Mt. Namsan
A dimly visible picture is the image of Seongagyukjonbul in
. Taking a close look at it, you can see six Buddha images carved on two big rock surfaces despite the erosion over ages. Looking at the right rock face, you can notice the trace of the Buddhist sanctuary to protect these images. Samreung Valley
Stacked stone towers are everywhere on
. I made a wish, stacking some stone. Mt. Namsan
This is Seokbuljwasang in
. Doesn’t it look uncannily precise? The reason is that the Japanese restored it once nonsensically and a few years ago, Cultural Hreitage Adminstration did it again at the request of Gyeongju-si. Samreung Valley
Ah…whenever seeing cultural properties, I have an ironic sense of feeling: wonder and anger welling up from my heart. Yes, put it as gently as I can, I don’t like the country,
. The more I travel, the stronger the idea. Japan
Before Seokbuljwasang that has a great view. Wherever you take photos on
, they are paintings, masterpieces of nature. Mt. Namsan
This is the picture on the first page of the posting of Maaegwaneumbosalsang in
(Tangible Cultural Property No. 158), carved on the edge of the granite cliff. According to a cultural heritage interpreter, this statue is watching a human being standing right before it, not viewing things in the distance. It is Buddha looking down with the heartfelt mercy and saying, ‘Good job. I’m happy to see you.’ I confirmed this when I saw the profile at the peak some distance from here. The statue is so big that it can be seen from a distance. Samreung Valley
This is a picture taken from a distance, not a complete profile, but a picture taken at diagonal bit of an angle. (Forgetfully I just already walked away.)
This is the scenery viewed from above Baduk-bawi which is not the highest peak, but from which you have a glance at the-thousand-year Silla capital. It has the great view that cannot be seen from above the highest peak. What’s more, it is known as the place where gods would play baduk.
Cheonmachong, Cheomseongdae, Hwangnyongsaji, Poseokjeong, Daereungwon Tomb Complex,
, Muryeongwangneung Tomb, and etc. are in that scenery. This can be called the best viewpoint of Gyeongju. If climbing Bunhwangsa Temple , don’t miss this place, please. It makes you feel like you are experiencing the joy of heaven. Mt. Namsan
Group photo on Baduk-bawi
Group photo on Baduk-bawi
This is the Yongjangsaji three-storied stone pagoda in Yongjangsaji (National Treasure No. 186) where Kim Si-seup (aka pen name Maewoldang) wrote the first novel in classical Chinese in
, titled, Geumosinhwa. Regretfully, there is no temple site left, but the pagoda is really a marvel in itself. Yongjangsaji three-storied stone pagoda, rising skyward on the edge of the precipice above the mountain, was built on natural rock without a lower stereobate in harmony with the natural landscape nearby. This harmony is art itself. Korea
This place impressed me as much as the pagoda in
. Gameunsa Temple
This is Yongjangsaji Samryunseokbuljwasang (National Treasure No. 187).
This Buddha statue has no head, enshrined in the place comprised of processed upper natural stone with three stone pillars, and seated on the stacked pedestal in plate-shaped form with legs crossed. Without the head, it’s hard to figure out what image it is. When the sun was about to set, I got here.
Usually I have seen quadrilateral pagodas. This was the first time I saw round-shaped pagodas. This Buddha statue seated on a pedestal is in Yongjangsaji. Among dozens of temples on
, this Yongjangsaji is the most large-scale one. Kim Si-seup (aka pen name Maewoldang) wandered nationwide noted mountains and temples from the age of 21, and at the age of 29, he found this place. He stayed here and began writing Geumosinhwa. Climbing down the mountain, I read the poem written by Kim Si-seup at the time, which was impressive. I regret not taking photos. For the day, It took me four hours in total to arrive here. It was not that hard hiking this path. Mt. Namsan
These are the pictures taken on
the year before last. Mt. Namsan
This is Chilburam on
(National Treasure No. 200). Mt. Namsan
There are three Buddha images carved on the rock at the back and four on quadrilateral granite in front. That’s why it is named Chilburam. Chilburam is almost next to Sinseonam which will be introduced later. If you want to climb this way, climbing up toward Seochulji Pond on
, soon you can see Chilburam and Sinseonam. The route I climbed from Samreung is long in distance. There is a small temple by Chilburam, where a Buddhist nun from Mt. Namsan is. It was a really moving day. Because I had no idea about mountain climbing, I just climbed in jeans, eating nothing without water. When I had almost reached Chilburam, I was totally thirsty and exhausted (partly because of lack of prior exercise). Hungary
At that time, the Buddhist nun from
who speaks Korean very well cooked ramen for us. It is unimaginable to have ramen in this deep mountain. It was a completely moving moment. I ate it like mad. Hungary
And she served us coffee with ice cream as a topping for a dessert. I liked the generous tone in her voice and the warmth in her eyes when she saw us. We still keep the nun’s mind in our heart. She wouldn’t receive any money, so we said, ‘we’ll put the money before the Buddha statue in Chilburam,’ and she replied “No.” We asked her what that money before the statue was, and she replied people who wanted to be pregnant left it, and we were not there for it. We asked her what items would be helpful to the temple (we were also persistent); she just said that our good mind was the important thing and would receive it later. We promised to climb again with a box of ramen. It was really a beautiful memory to me.
This is Sinseonam located above Chilburam (National Treasure No. 199).
It is the Buddha image carved on rock that is almost on top of the mountain. Looking around with the natural landscape of surroundings, you feel like looking down at humans from above clouds.
This is the picture with the landscape of surroundings. This is Mr. R before I knew RASTAR two years ago.
These are the pictures of Chilburam and Sinseonam on
the year before last. Mt. Namsan
It is not on
, but for a moment we visited Ungok Seowon near the accommodation called ‘the plain house in harmony with the nature’. Mt. Namsan
The door was closed so that people could not enter. Nearby, there is a 350-year-old ginkgo tree which is too big to be framed within the camera.
Anyway, there are many cool venues near the accommodations, but I turned my steps to Gamsilbuchesang, the last one on
itinerary. Mt. Namsan
On the way to Gamsilbuchesang that I love so much, there is bamboo forest tunnel. It is amazing. Nobody has enhanced it artificially, but the bamboo forest leads the way like a tunnel. Anyway, passing through the bamboo forest tunnel and climbing up a little,
you see the Gamsilbuchesang.
Gamsilbuchesang is called Halmaebucheo (Halmae means a grandma) in Gyeongju (National Treasure No. 198). Look at the benevolent smile of a grandmother, please.
It is the oldest Buddha statue on
with thick cheeks and a slight smile around the lips. And the eyes closed comfortably and smiling benevolently. It is the Buddha statue that I love so much. Mt. Namsan
Here it is from a little different angle
People carved a huge natural rock to make a canopy and then sculpted the Buddha image inside it. Some say, ‘it’s not carving the rock and sculpting the Buddha, but finding the Buddha first and bringing it out,’ that is so marvelous if you see it in reality, you can sense that expression is right.
It is said that a Japanese student came here once, and was so charmed by Gamsilbuchesang,that camped out for a day, setting up a tent by the statue.
Group photo before Gamsilbuchesang
Gamsilbuchesang is located at the foot of
. It is not far away from the main road (there is a parking lot nearby). It is a strongly recommendable place. Mt. Namsan