Monday, October 26, 2015

One of the must-see attractions in Korea - The Stone Buddha that grants your wishes, Gatbawi of Palgongsan (Mt. Palgong)

Must-see attractions in Korea, Gatbawi in Palgongsan
Must-see attractions, Gatbawi in Palgongsan


When asked about places to enjoy the fall scenery, you can’t exclude the Daegu’s famous mountain, Palgongsan (Mt. Palgong)!
Although its landscape is beautiful all-year round, Palgongsan (Mt. Palgong) is at its most famous during the autumn season for its wonderful scenery.



It is a mountain of great heights, with an altitude of 1,194m, and is not only found in Daegu but in four other cities as well, including Gunwi, Chilgok, Yeongcheon and Gyeongsan. It has lots of cultural properties and stories in it.

With its many cultural properties and stories behind it, it is particularly famous for the Gatbawi, the stone Buddha at the top of the peak, which is also called ‘Gwanbong’, located at an altitude of 850m.



It is believed that if you pray in front of Gatbawi, you will have the wish you prayed for granted. Every October and November, you will see lots of parents whose children are about to take the college entrance examination praying in front of Gatbawi.



The official name of Gatbawi is ‘Gwanbong Yeorae-jwasang’, and it is designated as Treasure No. 431.
The stone Buddha itself is estimated to have been made during the end of Shilla dynasty, and its ‘gat’, the Korean traditional hat, was made during Goryeo dynasty.
The name of the statue comes from the physical features of the flat stone on top of its head, as if the big Buddha of 4m tall is wearing the ‘gat’.


How to get to the Gatbawi of Mt. Palgong?

1. Take the bus 401 at the bus stop 35m away from the exit 2 of Ayang-gyo station(Line 1).
2. Get off at the bus stop 'Gatbawi'.
3. Walk approximately 257m to the entrance of the trail leading to the Gatbawi.



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"There is a miraculous Buddha, Gatbawi(stone hat Buddha, Treasure No.431), in Daegu's famous mountain. Gatbawi is said to grant one wish to those who pray here and so it is visited by many believers starting from the early morning."

Quiz  What's the name of the mountain where Gatbawi is located?

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▷ Period : Oct 26th to 30th. 2015
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