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Gunwi Traid Buddha Grotto

경북 군위군 부계면에 있는 군위 삼존석굴(국보109호)입니다. 경주 석굴암보다 앞선 시기인 7세기말 통일신라초기에 조성되었습니다. 가운데 본존불 높이는 2.18미터로 석굴암 본존불과 닮은 모습입니다. 오랜세월을 감내하며 천여년을 중생들과 함께해온 석굴의 모습은 경외심을 자아내게 하고있습니다. 훼손을 막기위해 출입을 통제하고 있는 것이 아쉬웠지만 문화유산보호를 위해서는 감내를 해야.....

Copyright: Wonsoo Lee
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8000x4000
Taken: 03/08/2011
Uploaded: 27/07/2011
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: gunwi-traid-buddha-grotto; 군위 삼존석굴
More About 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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