Jirisan Mountain

Donguibogam Story Jirisan Mountain Course The way up to the Windmill, In front of Sancheong Herb House, In front of Acupuncture Sculpture, In front of Dongui Waterfall, Waiting Place for Ticket House in front of the Door of Eternal Youth

Source of Water in Mt. Jirisan <In front of Dongui Waterfall>

From ancient times, it was said that 'if one is sick, one should remove debris from the body by drinking fine water since water is the fountain of health; when water does not work, then he should take some medicine.' According to Dongui Bogam which emphasizes the importance of water, saying 'it depends solely on water whether a person is fat or slim, or lives a long or short life,' and Dongui Waterfall originating from the foot of Mt. Jirisan has been used in herbal remedies with vital force from the Mt. Jirisan and is also regarded as precious water – the source of life for animals and plants there.

Mt. Jirisan, the Ending Point of Baekdudaegan Mountain Range<Waiting Place for Ticket Box in front of the Door of Eternal Youth>

Mt. Jirisan is one of the legendary three sacred mountains along with Mt. Hallasan called 'Mt. Jirisan' because it was said that even a silly person turns into a wise one if he stays there. It is also called 'Mt. Duryu' since it carries on the ki, or vital energy, and the maek, or pulse of Mt. Baekdusan, or 'Mt. Bangjangsan' named after the word 'Bangjang,' which means a residence for a high-class monk with enlightenment in Buddhism. The mountain gives a place to live for both plants, animals and people, and is a repository of herbs as some people say that Qin Shi Huang sent an expedition to find elixir plants, and a divine mother mountain with the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Sancheong Herb House <In front of Sancheong Herb House>

  • Mt. Jirisan is a repository of herbs used for Korean Medicine with around 1000 species of herbs growing there. The house collects and samples about 50 species of medicinal plants and 100 species of herbs, and installed miniature of Chungwang peak of Mt. Jirisan and Mt. Hwangmaesan.
  • The house is divided into 5 different sections, each of which displays herbs good for internal organs with 5 different colors; the sector for liver and bowels, represented in green color, has elms, Bower Actinidia, bluet, and cnidium while the heart(red) sector shows motherworts, selaginellas, Allium victorialis L., butter burs etc. The spleen(yellow) sector planted angelica, orange stonecrops, Yinjin mugwort, milk vetch roots, etc. and lung(white) sector Japanese lady bells, balloon flower roots, Korean aralia roots, honeysuckle shrubs and so on. Finally, the kidney(black) section plants and displays angelica Koreana roots, plantains, barrenwort, acanthopanax, etc. Especially, the house provides the visitors with things to see and enjoy along with more than 100 year-old Japanese apricot flowers, quince, Siberian gooseberry, Korean wild grapes, Chinese matrimony vines, elms beside the native rocks.

The Story of Mt. Wangsan, Mt. Pilbongsan, and Royal Tomb of King Guhyeong <The way up to the Windmill>

  • Mt. Wangsan, a sacred mountain climbed by the king, is also called Taewangsan with the oval-shaped stone grave of the last King Guhyeong of Garak Kingdom. The name Pilbong, nickname for the mountain as it looks like the tip of a brush, plays a role as a patron saint serving Mt. Wangsan of Donguibogam Village, in which the ki, or sacred energy, of Baekdudaegan is accumulated.
  • King Guhyeong, the last king of Kaya Kingdom and the great-grandfather of Kim Yu-shin of Kingdom of Shilla, said to have handed over the country to King Beopheung of Shilla in the year 532 as he saw no hope for the country any more and feeling guilty, he left a will saying that he should be buried in a stone grave. The tomb is the domestic unique 7-story stone grave(Stone Mound Tomb) and below it, there is Deogyang Hall with ancestral tablets for the king and queen.

The Biggest Sculptures of Acupuncture, Bear, and Tiger in the World <In front of the Acupuncture Sculpture>

  • At the entrance of Korean Medicinal Theme Park, there is a sculpture of acupuncture, the basic element of Korean Medicine. As the Cheonwang Peak, the main peak of Mt. Jirisan which is the No.1 national park of Republic of Korea, stands 1915m above sea level, the acupuncture was created to be a hundredth miniature of the peak into 19.15 m, which is regarded as 'the biggest acupuncture sculpture in the world.'
  • The bear and tiger sculptures, also the biggest sculptures in the world, are said to have taken herbs such as garlic and mugworts to become a human being, and thus called to be representative animals for the Korean Korean Medicine, revealing the long history since the beginning of our nation.