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Namsan Mountain

Namsan Mountain

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Namsan Mountain
Location Naenam-myeon and Bae-dong, Tap-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Height of the Mountain 494m
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    Namsan Mountain

    Namsan Mountain

  • Namsan Mountain
    Namsan Mountain

    Namsan Mountain

  • Namsan Mountain
    Namsan Mountain

    Namsan Mountain

Overview

Namsan (Mt.) is located on the south of Kyeongju-si (city).
It was worshipped by people of ancient Shilla. Namsan (Mt.) is composed of 40 valleys and mountain ranges flowing from Geumobong (peak, 468m) and Gowibong (peak, 494m). It is oval shape, stretching 8km from north to south, and 4km from east to west, and also holds right triangular shape, a little leaning toward the south. Over 100 temple sites, 80 stone Buddhist statues, 60 stone pagodas are located in Namsan (Mt.), creating an outdoor museum. Namsan (Mt.) possesses 40 valleys.
It is divided into holy southwestern mountain revered from the Shilla dynasty, and southeastern mountain which has numerous Buddhist statues among rocks such as Mireukgol (Valley), Tapgol (Valley), Bucheogol (Valley). Najeong, located in western ridge, is the birth place of Bak Hyeokgeose, the first king of the Shilla dynasty. Yansanjae is an ancestral shrine dedicated to the founders of 6 Chon (Village) who lived in Seorabeol before Shilla was founded.
Poseokjeong holds the tragedy in which a thousand-year history of the Shilla dynasty came to an end. Southeastern mountain holds Sedentary Statue of Stone Buddha of Borisa (Temple), Buddha Rock of Bulmusa (Temple) where statues and pagodas are carved, and Sedentary Statue of Stone Buddha of Gamsil Bucheogol which is sitting in the arch formed alcove. Namsan holds 12 treasures including Sedentary Statue of Stone Buddha of Mireukgol (Borisa, Temple), 3-tier stone pagoda of Yongjangsa (Temple) site, and Ma-ae stone Buddha of Chilburam. It also has 12 relics including Poseokjeong site, Najeong, and Samreung, 9 provincial historic artifacts including Ma-ae Buddhist Goddess of Mercy of Samreunggol, and 1 important local artifact.
Natural sceneries along with relics are also outstanding. Numerous ever changing valleys and extraordinary rocks form various shapes and a number of hike trails exist. Those who turn their thumbs up for Namsan (Mt.) say "Without ascending Namsan (Mt.), you have not seen Kyeongju yet." In other words, Namsan (Mt.) is the very place where natural beauty and long history of the Shilla dynasty, and the art and religious beliefs of Shilla people have blended in.

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