The name of the mountain, Seonunsan, means to practice Zen meditation in the clouds. The mountain is also called Dosolsan, which comes from Dosolcheongung, the place where the Mireuk Buddha is said to reside.
A famous scenic spot, which is often referred to as the Naegeumgang of the Honam region, Mt. Seonunsan was designated a provincial park in 1979. The name of the mountain, Seonunsan, means to practice Zen meditation in the clouds. The mountain is also called Dosolsan, which comes from Dosolcheongung, the place where the Mireuk Buddha is said to reside. So, both names signify that it is a mountain for the practice of Buddhism. It has excellent scenery with many interesting rocks and unique stones. Deep in its thick forest lies the one-thousand-year-old Seonunsa Temple. As the 24th parish main temple of the Jogye Order, it is said that Seonunsa was established by the priest Geomdanseonsa and the Daechamsa (Chamdangsa) was established by Uiunguksa, the royal priest of King Jinheung, about 1500 years ago. At present there remain Dosolam, Seoksangam, Dongunam, and Chamdangam temples, although it is said that there were 89 temples in every valley long ago.
The mountain has national cultural properties, such as the Golden Copper Seated Bodhisattva Statue, the Jijang Seated Bodhisattva Statue, the Seonunsa Main Temple, the Chamdangam Main Temple, and the Dosolam Rock Cliff Buddha; precious natural treasures such as a camellia forest, the Jangsa Pine Tree, and Songak; and provincial cultural properties, such as the Original Seok Family Woodblock Print, the Yeongsanjeonmokjosamjon Buddha Statue, the Six-story Stone Pagoda, the Temple Bell, the Yaksa Yeorae Buddha Statue, Manseru, Baekpayulsabi, Chamdangam Dongjong, and Seonunsa Sajeokgi. In particular, the text carved on Baekpayulsabi Monument is a representative work authored and written by Chusa, a noted Korean scholar and calligrapher. Looking at the scenery of Seonunsan, as you walk up the stream from the temple, you can see a naturally occurring sheltered area at the point where the stream splits into two branches. When you walk further to the right, you can see the Jangsa Pine Trees with eight branches, and the Jinheung Cave where King Jinheung is said to have practiced asceticism.
The Bongduam Rock (also called Tugubong), which stands on the hillside across the from the stream, plays the role of the divine general, protecting the mountain from evil spirits. Similarly, the Sajaam above on the ridge protects Dosolcheon from evil spirits. A little further up you can see Dosolam, and at the top of the rock steps on the right, you can see Dosolcheon Naewongung, and Sangdosol atop a high cliff. If you climb the rock wall to the right, you can see ancient hoofprints, which are said to have been made by King Jinheung’s horse. Going up between the rocks, you can see Manwoldae and Seonhakam, which is said to be where a legendary hermit came down riding on a white crane.
Now step down and look to the left from Nahanjeon, and you can see the Dosolam Rock Cliff Buddha engraved on a steep cliff wall. Walking further, you can see Yongmun Cave and Nakjodae on the left. Standing on Cheonmabong, the mysterious scenery of Dosolcheon spreads out below your feet. Seonunsan is also famous for such culinary specialties as Pungcheon Eel, Jakseol Tea, and Bokbunja Wine. Roasted Pungcheon Eel accompanied by Bokbunja Wine is considered one of the most delicate tastes you can experience.
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