|The Mt. Rooster-Dragon
Mountain-Spirit Ceremonial Festival
Korea's Largest and Most Diverse Mountain-Respecting Event
|ABOVE: Shinwon-sa Temple, site of the grand festival, with cherry- blossoms in full bloom.
RIGHT: My wife & I climbing up to the temple.
|ABOVE: talking in the entrance gate with the Zen Master of the International Meditation Center there, Myo-bong Seu-nim [the Venerable "Mysterious Peak"], and my friend David Kenat, another scholar of Korean cultural traditions. David took some of the pictures on this page and the following one.|
|Gye-ryong-san [Rooster-Dragon Mountain, also spelle Kyeryong-san] seen from the south, on the Gye-ryong-dae Base, high-security Headquaters of the Korean Military. The highest peak, the 847-meter Cheon-hwang-bong [Heavenly King Peak], is covered with military communications facilities and cannot be climbed by civilians. I recently heard, however, that they will soon be torn down -- and this most sacred of peaks will be restored to its natural state and free public access.|
|Gye-ryong-san seen from the west (Shinwon-sa side).
on the right, and the 765-meter Yeon-cheon-bong
is seen on the left.
|RIGHT: my wife posing on the 765-meter Yeon-cheon-bong [Endless Heaven Peak], with Cheon-hwang-bong behind her.
ABOVE: a large San-shin stone altar at a cliff,
just below the summit of Yeon-cheon-bong.
|Gye-ryong-san seen from the east (Dong-hak-sa Temple side). Shin-seon-bong [Spirit-Immortal Peak] is on the right.
|having BBQ pork and soju liquor with my friend "Charlie", an older Korean Shaman-guy with long
white hair who lives in a hermitage on the west side
of Gyeryong-san near "Spirit Garden" Temple, performing "Ki (spirit-energy) Healing" with his hands.
|Photos from the 1998 & 1989 Gye-ryong-san San-shin-je, with explanatory text, appear on pages 140, 145, 154, 175-6, 209 and 213 of the First English Edition of my book. The new photos on these pages are all from the April 2001 festival (the 4th ever held). The text on the next page was adapted from Chapter 4 of the book.|