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Dalma mountain Mihuang Temple
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 [Mihwang Temple]

- Dalma mountain Mihuang Temple
 Mihuang temple is a temple founded during unified Shinra, and there is a founding story that supports the theory that Buddhism flowed in via the sea.

The Budo sculpture of Budojeon is peculiar. Mihwang Temple is an ancient temple that supports the theory that Buddhism flowed into Korea via the sea.
In the old days, it was a big temple possessing 20 or so big and small temple buildings, and particularly Daewungjeon, which is the 947th treasure, is a splendid building both
in terms of the size and exquisiteness. On Mihwang Temple History Record written by Min-am, who used to be government official in 1692 the 18th year of King Sukjong,
there is a record of a myth about the foundation of the place, known to have been founded by the Buddhist priest Uijo of Shinra period.,
Ttangkkeut (southernmost end of Korean peninsula) (Haenam guide map), Cheon Gi Cheol, Ttangkkeut Culture Publishing Co., Ltd.,
1994. Haenam (Cultural relic studies), Jeong Yun Seob, Hyangjisa, 1997.

- Daewungjeon
 Daewungjeon has Dalma mountain as its background. Its dancheongs have peeled off mostly, giving a natural elegance rather than magnificence that makes the temple more antique.
Daewungjeon is a single-story gable house with 3 front rooms and 3 side rooms. Kidan is piled up with Makdolhuteun piling, on top of it is the foundation stone of Yeonhwamun,
the pillars are center convexed Baehullim pillar. The Baehullim pillars, which support the heavy roof, is a typical construction styel of early Joseon dynasty, and it forms a beautiful symmetry with the gable roof.
One thing that draws your eyes in Daewungjeon is the fnoudation stone, on top of which is carving of fish, crab, octopus, etc. The carved animal shapes seem to have been formed as a result of
a harmony between folk beliefs and Buddhism. Such pattersn appear also on the Budo here, and thus you can see the unique temple style of Mihwang Temple .


- Mihwang Temple Guaebul
Inside Daewungjeon, Mihwang Temples Guaebul
is enshrined. Mihwang Temples Guaebul, understood as a miraculours wife of god, was built in 1727 before the present Daewungjeon
was repaired. It is a big
Guaebul about 10m big.
Guaebul is a large hanging mural that is normally enshrined in the sermon hall and hung out when there is an outdoor mass. It is said that in the old days there were many outdoor masses but they are difficult to see these days.
Guaebul has a myth that if you perform a ritual during drought with the Guaebul hung, it creates rain. They say that if you sprinkle the blood of a pig around the temple and perform a service wholeheartedly,
the heavenly god pours rain to clean the area where his wife abodes.
Actually in 1992 when there was a serious drought, Mihwang Temple
Guaebul enshrining ceremony was performed. Then it rained, demonstrating its supernatural power.

Also they say that if you light the Bulbong beacon on top of Dalma mountain, the heavenly god showered the rain to prevent fire on the splendid mountain Dalma. This beacon existed since long ago,
and it received signal from Sukseung peak of Wando then sent signal to Gwandu mountain of Hwasan-Myun.
Even now, when there is no rain, a rain ritual is held here. Such rain rituals are common in folk belief, yet at Mihwang Temple it demonstrates more integration of Buddhism and folk beliefs.


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