|Unjesan Mountain Oeosa Temple|
(Subtitles: In search of a small, spiritual shelter hidden away in the city: Unjesan Mountain and Oeosa Temple)
When I feel like I have had enough of the repetitive life and have turned into a person I cannot recognize after living in the breathlessly hectic city environment, there is a place of nature I crave to visit for relaxing during my time off. The place where I rediscover my inner peace is surprisingly close.
You can find this place by following a path amongst the dense trees near the city center. My mind feels like it is at peace as soon as I get there.
Oeosa temple stands on the eastern side of Unjesan Mountain, located in Ocheon-eup, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do. It was built during the reign of King Jin Pyung of the Shilla era and was initially called Hangsasa Temple.
Legend has it that it was renamed when legendary monks Wonhyo and Hygong were joking over their fish dinner; each claiming that the fish his counterpart was eating was their avatar. The character 吾 (O) means “I” and 魚 (r) means “fish”.
The legend is as the following:
One day, monk Hyegong and Wonhyo competed their power of Buddhist Dharma. Each caught a fish from the lake, ate it, and fulfilled their nature's call near the lake on top of a rock. At that moment, they witnessed one fish survive and swim upstream. The monks simultaneously pointed at the surviving fish, and proclaimed that "it's my fish!". The name of the temple, Oeosa, or Oeo temple, is derived from this incident; with "o" coming from a Chinese letter meaning myself, and "eo" meaning fish.
This temple, encircled by the vast Oerji lake, has a silencing effect.
Following the trail, Wonhyogyo (a bridge) can be seen across the lake.
Unjesan Mountain Wonhyogyo is nicknamed ‘Chul-lungdari (a wobble bridge) and at 118 m in length, it possesses an undeniable influence.
The bridge adds something extra to the walk, allowing one to experience the illusion that he/she is walking on the surface of the lake.
Zazangam Rock, which is built on top of the cliff face of Unjesan Mountain, is so precariously placed that some visitors might experience vertigo.
Visit Unjesa temple to discover happiness and soul-cleansing relaxation! Here, you can find a place where the spirituality of Buddhism will clear your mind and help you rest both mind and body.