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Geumo Mountain

Geumo Mountain

100 Noted Mountains in Korea

Geumo Mountain
Location Chilgok-gun and Gumi-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Height of the Mountain 976m
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Overview

The guardian mountain of Korean Peninsula is the sacred mountain Baekdusan (Mt.). Baekdusan (Mt.) formed Taebaeksan (Mt.) and became Sobaeksan (Mt.). Sobaeksan (Mt.) formed Deogyusan (Mt.) in Muju via Jungnyeong (ridge), Joryeong (ridge) and Chupungnyeong (ridge). As it goes down farther to the south, one of the branches took its course to northeast, becoming Sudosan (Mt.) of Daeduk, Gimcheon, and it is divided again into 3 branches. One flows to the southeast and becomes Gayasan (Mt.) in Hapcheon, and another flows to the northwest, rising to become Samdobong (Peak), located on the border of 3 provinces of Chungcheong, Jeolla, and Gyeongsang. The last remaining branch flows to the north, going underground and spouts hugely on the border of Gumi, Gimcheon, and Chilgok. It became Geumosan (Mt., 976m). The name Geumosan (Mt.) is believed to originate from a story that a person named Ado. When passing by here he saw a golden crow flying into the sunset glow and named it Geumosan (Mt., Golden Crow). He said that it holds the spirit of the sun. Ancient people believed that inside the sun lived a golden crow with the bizarre shape of 3 legs. It was a symbol and core of the sun. The sun was the ultimate and holy object since primitive communities in all regions throughout the world, becoming a religious object of the primitive people. And the golden crow, the core of the sun, was an absolute being to mankind. The original name of Geumosan (Mt.) was Daebonsan (Mt.), and was also called Namsungsan (Mt.) in the Goryeo dynasty. Its origin was from Sungsan (Mt.) of China, which is one of the 5 famous mountains. Since it was similar in shape and was located in the southern region, it was named as such. There was also Buksungsan (Mt.) in Haeju, Hwanghae-do to make them symmetrical. Munjong (king) of the Goryeo dynasty made his prince enter priesthood and trained him in this mountain. Later He was appointed as the National Head Monk providing councils and missionary work to protect the country. Thus, the dignity and significance of Namsungsan (Mt.) has been historically proved. Geumosan(Mt.) was designated as the first provincial park of Korea on Jun.1, 1970, and has been maintained as a national park for all people in Korea.

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