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Wun-ak Mountain
Out of all the MountainsGwangju Mountain ranges that rise south and north creating a border between Gyeonggido Gapyung-Gun Ha-Myun and Pocheon-Gun Hwahyun-Myun, this Mountain is included in Hanbuk range. Its north is linked with Cheonggue Mountain • Gangssi peak • Gukmang peak, its northeast has famous Mountains such as Hwa-ak-Mountain (1,468m)•Myung-ji-Mountain(1,267m), on its east you can see Mae peak •Myungji Mountain, and on its west you can see Gwanmo peak. It is located about 6km from Gapyung-Gun Hyun-Ri, and the waters of its eastern valley form JoJong Stream, and the waters of western and northern valleys flow into Pocheon Stream via farmlands. The landscape, fantastically-shaped rocks and valleys form a harmony so great that it is called the Geumgang of Gyunggi. With the main peak Manggyeongdae in the center, every peak has steep cliffs rising high here and there, and it is surrounded by numerous peaks such as Bbyo-jok peak•Pyun-pyun peak •Wan-man peak, etc. Rainbow waterfall, where clear water falls from a huge rock in the western valley, has a legend that Goongye took a flight here and washed his wound in the flowing water. The Mountain is not big yet the slopes are steep and the landscape is rugged. In spring, magnolia bloom in mid April, and azaleas and Mountain magnolias bloom splendidly between every rock in May. In summer there are lots of brackenswild asters, and in autumn red maples at the peak form magnificent scenery. In winter the western valley waterfall freezes, and it is used as an ice-wall climbing training area. The first of 8 Famous Spots in Wun-ak is the Hundred Years Waterfall halfway up the Mountain, the name of which means that the water flows unchanged for 100 years. The 2nd spot is Darakteo Orangkae Lake where Orangkaes are told to have hid during the Korean war, and it is said that the water is as cold as ice even in midsummer heat. The 3rd spot is Eyebrow Rock in the valley on the right from halfway up Wun-ak Mountain which resembles the eyebrow of a person, the 4th is Elephant Rock at the valley on the right of Hyeondeung Temple, the 5th is Manggyeongdae. The 6th spot is Min Young Hwan Carved Rock located at Mu-Wu Waterfall, to which Min Young Hwan allegedly used to come during the late Imperial Korea period and lamented the waning fate of the country. It is a rock carved in 1906 based on the idea of Na Se Hwan and 12 others. The 7th spot Keungolnaechigi Rockwall is a 80m triangular rock cliff located at Keungol valley. The 8th spot is Nochaeagiso located at Hapan-Ri Nochae valley, and it is also called Agiso due to its small size. If you climb Wun-ak Mountain from Gapyung-gun Ha-Myun there is Mu-Wu Waterfall, and halfway up the Mountain on the southeast there is an ancient temple, Hyeon-deung Temple. This temple was allegedly founded for the Indian priest MArahami during the period of Shilla King Bubheung, and it was reconstructed by the assistant national leader Jinul(知訥) during the time of Goryo King Huijong. Inside the temple, there are Hapan-Ri 3-stories stone pagoda, Hyeondeung Temple 3-stories stone pagoda, 7-stories Dabotap, Bogwangjeon, Budo etc, and also Amitabha Buddha statue 후불탱화 in Geukrakjeon, Merciful Goddess statue, temple bell, etc. The name ‘Wun-ak Mountain’ was given to mean that the rock peaks surrounding Manggyeongdae rise so high that it could pierce the clouds, and it is also called Hyeondeung Mountain after Hyeondeung Temple.
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