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A: Hwasung temporary palace Chime

by Joseph Moon, 460 meters away

Korea, Suwon Hwasung

Hwasung temporary palace Chime

B: Hwaseong Haenggung Entrance

by Ingemar Bergmark, 530 meters away

This is Hwaseong Haenggung palace. Haenggung means 'shelter' where a King rested or retired from a wa...

Hwaseong Haenggung Entrance

C: Hwaseong Haenggung Courtyard

by Ingemar Bergmark, 560 meters away

This is Hwaseong Haenggung palace. Haenggung means 'shelter' where a King rested or retired from a wa...

Hwaseong Haenggung Courtyard

D: Suwon, The Best Church

by Joseph Moon, 610 meters away

Pastor imposition of hands way event

Suwon, The Best Church

E: Hwaseong Haenggung high view

by Ingemar Bergmark, 620 meters away

This is Hwaseong Haenggung palace. Haenggung means 'shelter' where a King rested or retired from a wa...

Hwaseong Haenggung high view

F: World Cultural Heritage_수원화성(서장대)

by You Changyeol, 670 meters away

세계문화유산인 수원화성의 행궁 위쪽에 위치한 서장대의 전경임..

World Cultural Heritage_수원화성(서장대)

G: Hwasung

by Joseph Moon, 1.3 km away

Korea, Suwon Hwasung

Hwasung

I: Changryong Gate, Hwaseong, Suwon

by Min Heo, 1.4 km away

Changryong Gate, Hwaseong, Suwon

J: Suwon Gloria Church

by Joseph Moon, 1.7 km away

Suwon Gloria Church

Suwon Gloria Church

This panorama was taken in Korea

This is an overview of Korea

Korea is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world with over five thousand years of history. According to the original creation myth, the world we live in today is the work of the Heavenly Prince Hwanung, whose father was the King of Heaven.

The Heavenly Prince asked his father to give him some land to govern, so the Father sent him down to Mount Taebaek. With him the Prince brought the Minister of Clouds, the Earl of Rain and the Chancellor of Wind. They also brought three thousand helpers.

Under the shade of a sandalwood tree the Prince founded a holy city called Sinsi, the City of God. He put his Ministers in charge of three hundred and sixty areas of human culture, teaching them to grow crops and to make laws concerning what is good and what is evil.

A tiger and a bear living in a nearby cave saw this city and desperately wanted to become human. Every day they came to the sandalwood tree at the center of the city to pray fervently for becoming humans.

Hwanung saw their devotion and gave them instructions to remain in the cave and fast for one month, eating nothing but garlic and mugwort. The tiger was too impatient to stand the long and boring days in the cave, so he gave up and left, but Bear maintained the fast. At the end of the month she was transformed into a beautiful woman who became the mother of the Korean people.

Her first son was Don-gun, the First King of the Korean people. When Don-Gun passed on the throne to his own son, he became a Mountain God. It is interesting that mountain gods are still worshipped today in Korea.

Text by Steve Smith.

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