San-shin icons with 'Bodhisattva' Figures
at the Ancient Koryeo-Foundation Temples
South of the Rooster-Dragon Mountain
-- this page: Kye-seong-sa --
                      [Rooster-Fortress Temple]
ABOVE: the San-shin painting of Kye-seong-sa, in a Sam-seong-gak [Three Sages Shrine] includes two main figures, each with a pair of dongja attendants (but only one tiger).  The figure to the left of San-shin (who is depicted fully bald, with only a Daoist head-scarf, a rare case) has the face and hat of a Buddhist Bodhisattva.  His or her robes are fancier than San-shin's, but not up to the level of a typical Bodhisattva.   There are a few other cases of a Bodhisattva appearing in a San-shin taeng-hwa in my collection of 800.  But in this one, uniquely, the equality of their position and the presence of 2 girl donja on the left and 2 boy donga on the right (behind the respective main figures) imply that this is a Wife-Husband San-shin couple!  Daoist-immortal 'husband' and Buddhist Bodhisattva 'wife', both representing Kyeryong-san -- this is quite a new & bold theological step!  A large green boulder (looking like a frog) sits between them, and huge flowers (symbolizing Buddhist enlightenment) grow from it or behind it.  A statue of the Deok-seong [Lonely Saint], an enlightened disciple of Sakyamuni Buddha usually enshrined in a complimentary and parallel position to San-shin, sits in front of this painting, adding to the heavy Buddhist flavor. 
Kyeryong-san's southern-most peak, is the busy but functionally-plain new cement San-shin shrine over near the stream, at the mouth of a deep gorge.
A small granite San-shin statue is enshrined there, grasping a ginseng root.  108 small gold-colored San-shin plaques flank it, each with a tiny light-bulb and the name of a donor (or someone the donor wants prayed for).  This old Buddhist custom is increasingly used for San-shin, in just the past five years or so.  The number 108 is sacred to Gwanseum-bosal, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, representing the number of types of mercy he can bestow.  This granting of higher status to San-shin, implying that it is an enlightened being in the Buddhist system, is sharply on the rise nationwide.
The first thing that one notices when visiting Kye-seong-sa up on the western slope of Hamji-bong,
LEFT: San-shin with Daoist head-scarf, very long eyebrows and a basket of bullocho, in the "Assembly of the Spirits" painting in the Main Hall of Kye-seong-sa.