Inwangsan, Seoul, South Korea

Carved Buddha, Seoul, South Korea

© Damien Bouhours

This carved Buddha is located on Inwangsan, literally “the mountain of generous king”, in Jongno-gu and Hongje-dong, Seodaemun-gu, central areas of Seoul, South Korea. The 338 meters high mountain covers an area of 1,086,696.50㎡ and has many huge granite peaks which distinguish it from other mountains in Seoul. Each rock is named after its characteristic form, such as gicha bawi (기차바위, train rock), chima bawi (치마바위 skirt rock), iseul bawi (이슬바위 dew rock), moja bawi (모자바위 hat rock), and jiryungii bawi (지렁이바위 worm rock). The Fortress Wall of Seoul surrounds the mountain in which Inwangsa temple and Guksadang shrine are located as well.

© Steve46814 at en.wikipedia

© Steve46814 at en.wikipedia

In the beautiful but over-urbanized South-Korean capital, Inwangsan is a breath of fresh air. Hike around the sacred mountain, be one with nature and listen to the bewitching melody of shamanistic chants. The view of the city from the top will be priceless and if you are lucky enough you might experience something magic. Just relax and believe!

© Steve46814 at en.wikipedia

© Steve46814 at en.wikipedia

How to go there?

Subway
Line 3 Dongnimmun Stn. Exit 2
Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Stn. Take a taxi
Bus
Dongnimmun st.
702B(용두초교), 752, 704, 703, 702A(용두2리), 706, 471, 701, 720
7025, 7737, 7019, 7021
9709, 9701, 9710, 9703

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