|Korean Daoist Temple
|This amazing crag soars up over the Geumseon-gwan Korean Daoist shrine-complex in the sacred
Zhongnan-shan Mountains, almost directly south of Xian. It has been improved with stoneworks to
create a round flat "platform" [臺, tai, dae] top, which is used for grand Daoist ceremonies. It offers
a stunning view of the Cuihua-shan area of north-central Zhongnan-shan. It is said that the Korean
Daoist Grand-Master Sage Kim Ga-gi practiced and taught here at the end of the 7th Century,
becoming a shinseon [spirit-immortal], and that Chinese Daoists saw his ghost ascend to Heaven
from this platform-peak in the springtime of 856 CE (one year before Go-un Choi Chi-won was born!).
|My shots of its NE face from the parking-lot during our visit to the Geumseon-gwan
in August 2014 -- we didn't get to climb up there, unfortunately -- we were
supposed to do that during the big ceremony the next day, but that was
cancelled by Chinese security authorities, so we never returned. Next time....
|Looking up at its northern face from the Geumseon-gwan gateway
|seen from its southwest
|seen from its northeast