A Mountain With Numerous Buddhist Cultural Assets of the Silla Dynasty
Namsan is a mountain located at the south of Gyeongju and is also a significant site which shows Buddhist culture of the Silla Dynasty in a glance.
Stretching 8 kilometers north and south, and 12 kilometers west and east, this mountain contains 180 peaks including Geumobong (468 meters high) and Gouibong (494 meters high) and about 40 valleys and is dotted with lots of relics and remains such as 100 sites of a temple, 80 stone images of Buddha and 60 stone pagodas.
The relics and remains include 12 treasures such as the sitting stone statue of Buddha at Mireuk valley (Treasure No.136) and the sitting image of Bodhisattva carved on Sinseonam (stone wall) (Treasure No.199) and 12 historic sites such as Poseokjeong (Historic Site No.1), Najeong (Historic Site No.245) and the site of Cheongwansa (Historic Site No.340).
Besides, there are 9 local tangible cultural properties including the sitting figure of Sakyamuni carved on the rock of Smaneung Valley (Gyeongbuk Tangible Cultural Property No.158) and an Important Folk Material.
Particularly, in the Samneung Valley, the sitting figure of Sakyamuni carved on the huge natural rock, which is 7 meters high and 5 meters in width, is the biggest sitting statue in Namsan.
In addition to the numerous cultural properties, Gyeongju Namsan owns outstanding natural surroundings so many mountain lovers visit this area designated as Historic Site No.311.
* Location: Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do * Transportation: Take a bus heading for Tongiljeon or Samneung from the Gyeongju Terminal