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Samseonggung – 삼성궁 (Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do)

Wed, 2022-11-09 23:45
The Cheongung at Samseonggung in Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do. Shrine History

Samseonggung, which means “Three Sages Palace” in English, is located up a 28 km long valley in Cheonghak-dong (Azure Crane Village) in Hadong, Gyeongsangnam-do. The Taoist shrine was first built in 1983 for the three mythical founders of Korea: Hwanin (King of Heaven, Jeseok), Hwanung (Hwanin’s son), and Dangun (a half-human and half-divine being and the son of Hwanung). The leader and founder of the organization and shrine is Hanpul, who claims that his family based Taoist lineage that occupies this specific part of Mt. Jirisan stretches back 400 years. According to Prof. David Mason, Hanpul is a Taoist priest and martial arts teacher, who is called by the title “seonsa,” which means “meditation master” in English.

As to why Samseonggung was built, it was built to represent an earthly paradise called the “Three Sages Palace.” The community of Taoists that maintain this shrine focus on Korean cultural nationalism. In fact, and until recently, all visitors had to wear Korean-style white robes.

Every year Samseonggung is host to the Cheonje Festival, or “Heavenly Ritual” or “Heavenly Ceremony” in English. More specifically, this is the Gaecheon-jeol, which means “Opening of Heaven Day” in English in reference to the creation myth when Hwanung, the son of Hwanin, descended down from heaven onto the peak of the mythical Mt. Taebaeksan. This festival has been held by Koreans for more than two thousand years. And it’s held on the third day of the tenth moon of the Lunar Calendar. According to Prof. David Mason, as pre-modern Koreans spread throughout the peninsula, they were probably sun-worshipers. This then evolved into something more complex as a more general worship of the entire range of the heavenly spirits that also now included Shamanism and Taoism. The Cheonje Festivals were originally presided over by shaman kings, and then by the kings of the royal dynasties or their representatives. After being banned in the early 20th century by the Japanese, who had colonized the Korean peninsula, and who attempted to weaken the Korean spirit by banning these native practices, the Cheonje Festival was resurrected after the Korean War (1950-1953). This was in large part to transform the Cheonje Festival into something more nationalistic to help foster a greater feeling of national pride in Korea’s traditional culture.

A look inside the Cheongung at Samseonggung at images of Hwanin (left) and Dangun (right). Founding Myth

As to the three mythical founders of Korea, they are Hwanin (King of Heaven), Hwanung (Hwanin’s son), and Dangun (a half-human and half-divine being and the son of Hwanung). The Samguk Yusa, or Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms in English, describes in the very first story of the text the mythical founding of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom. Here is that story:

“In the Wei-shu [this simply means ‘the writings of Wei’ in English], it is written, ‘Two thousand years ago [traditionally 2333 B.C.] Dangun, otherwise called Wanggom, chose Asadal, also described as Muyeopsan in the province of Baekju east of Kaesong, at a place now called Gaegak-gung [modern day Pyongyang], as his royal residence and founded a nation, calling it Joseon, at the same period as Gao [legendary Chinese Emperor Yao].

“In the Old Book it is written, ‘In ancient times Hwanin (Heavenly King, Jeseok) had a young son whose name was Hwanung. The boy wished to descend from heaven and live in the human world. His father, after examining three great mountains, chose Taebaeksan [Mt. Myohyangsan in North Korea] as a suitable place for his heavenly son to bring happiness to human beings. He gave Hwanung three heavenly treasures, and commanded him to rule over his people.’

“With three thousand of his loyal subjects Hwanung descended from heaven and appeared under a sandalwood tree on Mt. Taebaeksan. He named the place Sinsi [City of Spirits] and assumed the title of Hwanung Cheonwang [Heavenly King]. He led his ministers of wind, rain and clouds in teaching the people more than 360 useful arts, including agriculture and medicine, inculcated moral principles and imposed a code of law.

“In those days there lived a she-bear and a tigress in the same cave. They prayed to Sinung [another name of Hwanung] to be blessed with incarnation as human beings. The king took pity on them and gave them each a bunch of mugwort and twenty pieces of garlic, saying, ‘If you eat this holy food and do not see the sunlight for one hundred days, you will become human beings.’

“The she-bear and the tigress took the food and ate it, and retired into the cave. In twenty-one days the bear, who had faithfully observed the king’s instructions, became a woman. But the tigress, who had disobeyed, remained in her original form.

“But the she-bear could find no husband, so she prayed under the sandalwood tree to be blessed with a child. Hwanung heard her prayers and married her. She conceived and bore a son who was called Dangun Wanggom, the King of Sandalwood.

“In the fiftieth year of the reign of Tang Gao [legendary Chinese emperor Yao, traditional date some time before 2000 B.C.] in the year of Gyeongin [the 23rd year] Dangun came to Pyongyang, set up his royal residence there and bestowed the name Joseon upon his kingdom.

“Later Dangun moved his capital to Asadal on Mt. Taebaeksan and ruled 1500 years, until King Wu of Chu [ancient Chinese dynasty] placed Kija on the throne [traditional date 1122 B.C.]. When Kija arrived, Dangun moved to Changtang-gyeong and then returned to Asadal, where he became a Mountain Spirit [Sanshin] at the age of 1,908.”

A look inside the Cheongung at an image of Hwanung. Shrine Layout

From the parking lot, you’ll pass under the unconventional Hongikmun Gate with a dragon and a crane centred by a golden signboard. You’ll make your way up a trail next to a collection of waterfalls known as Cheonghak-pokpo. Along the way, you’ll pass through corridors and walls of stacked stone. Samseonggung very much has a feeling of Tapsa Temple in Jinan, Jeollabuk-do to it but on a much grander scale. In total, and over 50 years, Hanpul-seonsa stacked some 1,500 stone pagodas. These pagodas vary in both size and shape.

To the right of the Cheonghak-pokpo Waterfall, and behind the visitors’ centre, is the Cheonghak-mot Pond with a wooden planked bridge that spans the northern side of the pond and connects to a diminutive centre island. Continuing along, you’ll pass by shrines like the Gacheon-yeol and the Hwanhak-dae. Eventually, you’ll come to a stone tunnel entryway that is fronted by a pair of uniquely designed Gwimyeon (Monster Masks). This entryway and tunnel are known as Ihwamun Gate. On the ceiling of the tunnel that runs through a stone corridor, you’ll find petroglyph-like paintings that are human and very obviously male.

Emerging on the other side, and past high stone walls and a metal shamanic statue with a deer head and armoured body, you’ll enter into the upper part of the shrine hall area and the beautiful turquoise Shingung-mot Pond (Spirit Palace Pond). A beautiful maple tree stands atop the steep eastern banks of the pond. And as you navigate around the west banks of the pond, you’ll find the Chilseong-gung (Seven Stars Palace) shrine and a Yongshin-gung (Dragon Spirit Palace) shrine, who is also known as Yongwang (The Dragon King), on the northern part of the pond as you continue along the picturesque trail. It’s important to note that Chilseong, who is traditionally a Shamanic deity, is prayed to for the longevity of ones life. Yongshin, on the other hand, is prayed to for the overseeing of peace, good health, family, and the harvest.

Twisting and turning up the trail with large stone walls, you’ll finally be looking down on the Shingung-mot Pond. It’s in this area that you’ll find the Samshin-gung (Three Spirits Palace) shrine, which consists of a tomb-like hill that’s naturally formed and three rocks with a circle, square, and triangle formed on the face of each of the rocks. And what’s important about Samshin, and why people pray to this spirit, is for the birth and growth of children.

Now on an incline in the trail, and through a patch of forest, you’ll come to the Magobangung shrine. Fronting the alcove in the trail that houses the Magobangung shrine are a collection of Janseung (wooden guardian posts). Behind these, and on either side of the alcove opening, are a pair of stone cairn-like pagodas. And in the centre of this shrine are three stones with white statues at their base.

So who is Mago, or Mago-halmoni (Grandmother Mago). Much like Hwanin, Hwanung, and Dangun, she is connected to the creation of the universe. The myth of Mago-halmoni tells the story of a giant goddess who helped create all of nature and its geographic features. According to this myth, Mago-halmoni carried mud in her skirt and created the mountains and islands from this mud. Her urine and excrement formed the hills and the rivers. The big rocks that took up residence inside various villages were placed there by Mago-halmoni. In fact, Mago-halmoni was so large that 90,000 pil of hemp couldn’t even clothe her. She was so tall that she walked across the seas off the island of Wan-do. She drank water from Yongdeumbeong Pond on the remote islands of Chuja-do while standing on the shore’s of Wan-do. Also, she was so strong that when she urinated with her legs on Mt. Nogo and Mt. Bulguk in Yangju, the force of the urine cracked a huge rock on Munhakjae Pass. This creation myth of Mago-halmoni is an orally transmitted myth. What’s interesting about this myth is the separation of the creation of the heavens from the earth and male from female.

Finally summiting the hill past the Magobangung shrine, you’ll find yourself in the upper shrine area that houses the Cheongung, or “Heavenly Celestial Palace” in English. In the upper part of this area, you’ll find an assortment of buildings including a shrine hall with an image of Dangun on the main altar. To the left of this main altar is Yongwang (The Dragon King) and Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). And rather oddly, and to the right of the main altar, you’ll find a Buddhist Gamno-do (Sweet Dew Mural) for the dead.

Descending down the trail and towards the two ponds that front the Cheongung, you’ll find a pair of separated ponds. The first, and the one closer to the Cheongung, is the Taeguk-mot Pond, which is half of the Yin and Yang symbol. The other pond, and the one further away from the Cheongung, is the Geobuk-mot Pond, which is shaped like a turtle. This is joined by the Asadal shrine, which should sound familiar, because it’s the place in the Samguk Yusa myth that Dangun returned to to become a Sanshin (Mountain Spirit).

As for the Cheongung, or the main shrine hall for the three sages, you’ll find three images of Hwanin, Hwanung, and Dangun inside. The central image is that of Hwanin surrounded by a golden-orangish glow. To the left of Hwanin is his son Hwanung. And to the far right is an image of Dangun (Hwanung’s son).

How To Get There

From the Hadong Bus Terminal, you’ll need to take Bus #3 or Bus #4 to get to Samseonggung. You’ll need to take this bus for 39 hours and get off at the Muk-gye bus stop and walk about 20 minutes, or 1.4 km. The bus ride will last a very long two hours and ten minutes. And make sure you get off at the Mukgye bus stop because these buses don’t come all that often and you’ll be waiting a long time for the next.

You can take public transit, or you can simply take a taxi, but it’ll cost you. The taxi ride from the Hadong Bus Terminal will last 50 minutes, or 35.6 km, and the taxi fee will be over 40,000 won (one way).

Overall Rating: 9/10

When I first got to Samseonggung, I wasn’t sure what to expect; however, I was very pleasantly surprised. Like I said previously, Samseonggung very much has a Tapsa Temple vibe but on a much grander scale. And if you’re lucky enough to get to Samseonggung during the Gaecheon-jeol in October, which I highly recommend, Samseonggung goes from a rating of nine up to ten out of ten. There are numerous things to see and enjoy both natural and man-made. And they truly need to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Of particular interest are the two ponds in front of the Cheongung, the Cheongung itself, the Cheonghak-pokpo Waterfall, the placid Shingung-mot Pond (Spirit Palace Pond), as well as the numerous shrines spread throughout the vast shrine grounds like the Magobangung shrine. I know I said numerous highlights there, but there are so many things to see and appreciate at Samseonggung. Samseonggung is truly a one-off and like nothing you’ve ever experienced before in Korea.

The  Hongikmun Gate at the entry to Samseonggung. The Cheonghak-pokpo Waterfall. The Cheonghak-mot Pond. A highly stylized Gwimyeon (Monster Mask) at the entry of the Ihwamun Gate. Passing through the Ihwamun Gate. The metal shamanic statue with a deer head at Samseonggung. The serene Shingung-mot Pond (Spirit Palace Pond). A look over some of the various shrines in this part of the grounds. The Samshin-gung (Three Spirits Palace) shrine. The Magobangung shrine. A look down at the beautiful upper courtyard at Samseonggung. A beautiful fall day at Samseonggung during the Gaecheon-jeol ceremony. A look towards Cheongung and the colourful autumn foliage A closer look at the main shrine hall at Samseonggung during the Gaecheon-jeol ceremony. A Taoist priest out in front of the Cheongung. And another Taoist priest in front of the Cheongung performing a ritual dance for Gaecheon-jeol. —


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Wed, 2022-11-09 12:59

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Private high school full time

Wed, 2022-11-09 12:01
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Saha guContact person by email

Early post:

A private high school in Saha area in Busan  is looking for a qualified Fvisa instructor to teach  from March 2023 till February 2024.

F2, F5, F6 male visa holders ( we already have a female instructor)
Have experience in teaching high school students
Have an education degree  and/or international teaching licenses
Can understand and speak Korean is a bonus for better workplace relationships
Dedication to the job
Responsible mind
Flexible personality

Benefits are:
2.5 mill to 2.6mill won salary evey month
16hours of teaching time per week (2- 4classes a day)
8am- 4pm contractual working hours so one must be in campus within those times
Summer, winter, spring  vacations, and some holidays in between.
Severance after the 12th month
4 insurances
No housing allowance

If interested  submit your resumes to
[email protected]

Resume (photo and cellphone number)
Letter of Intent  or Introductory letter
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International teaching licenses
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How to start a conversation with a native speaker | Korean FAQ

Tue, 2022-11-08 00:13

One of the hardest parts about speaking Korean is simply STARTING to speak Korean with someone. And it can be even harder when you want to practice with a native speaker, even someone who tells you it's fine to practice Korean with them, to just open your mouth and begin making sentences.

I've been there too, since I had to learn Korean myself, and I've compiled some of my tips for what you can do to get through that initial difficulty. Here are some of my tips for how you can start a Korean conversation.

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Native English teacher part-time Busan

Mon, 2022-11-07 16:09
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Hi! I'm a native English-speaker looking for a part-time job/private tutoring in the mornings. I'm also available on Saturdays. I have more than seven years of experience teaching. I teach mostly elementary and middle school students. For adults, I mostly do free-speaking lessons. Contact me if you're interested!


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Templestay – Jingwangsa Temple (Seoul)

Sun, 2022-11-06 23:41
The Templestay Program at Jingwangsa Temple in Seoul. (Picture Courtesy of the Templestay Website). Introduction to Temple

Jingwangsa Temple is beautifully located in northern Seoul on Mt. Samgaksan. The temple grounds are large and they have beautiful temple shrine halls like the Daeung-jeon Hall that’s framed nicely by the backing mountain peaks. Also, you can enjoy the stream that flows next to the temple. Jingwangsa Temple is a harmonious blend of both nature and Buddhism found in the capital of Korea.

Jingwangsa Temple offers just one Templestay program. This program focuses on a temple tour, relaxation, and a tea ceremony. It’s a perfect program for those wanting to have a little time to themselves.


On the Seoul subway system, you’ll need to take line #3 and get off at the Yeonsinnae station. Go out exit #3 and transfer to Bus #7211 or Bus #701. You’ll need to get off at the “Jingwangsa-ap” stop. From here, walk 10 minutes towards the temple.

Or you can take Seoul subway line #3 to Gupabal station and go out exit #4. From here, you’ll need to board Bus #704. Again, get off at the “Jingwangsa-ap” stop. From here, walk 10 minutes towards the temple.

Templestay Program

Jingwangsa Temple only conducts one Templestay program at their facilities. This is the Relish the Nature Program. The program requires 15 participants to take place. Here is their schedule:

TimeTitle10:30-11:00Arrival and Temple Tour11:00-11:50Discovering Jingwansa Temple11:50-12:00Rest Time12:00-12:50Monastic Meal (Lunch)12:50-13:30Tea Ceremony13:30Check Out

(The schedule may be subject to change)

Temple Information

Address: 73 Jingwan-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 03308

Tel: 02-388-7999

E-mail: [email protected]


Relish the Nature Program – adults – 60,000 won; students (up to 18 years of age) – 60,000 won

*The cancellation policy is as follows: 3 days before: 100% refund; 2 days before: 70% refund; 1 day before: 50% refund; day of: 0% refund.


Reservations for the Relish the Nature Program

Jingwangsa Temple during the winter. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay Website). —


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Irish - Looking for work English Teacher, have experience

Sun, 2022-11-06 13:45
Classified Ad Type: Location: Contact person by email

Good day,


My name is David Reid and I am looking for a job as an English teacher. 

I am from Ireland and I hold a Bachelor in Psychology from an American accredited university as well as an International Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. At the moment I am on a long trip in Korea and currently am staying in Seoul and will be going to Busan again at the end of the Month. 

I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my email. 

Have a nice day,

Kind regards,

David Reid

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Hyundai Grandeur HG 240

Sat, 2022-11-05 07:25
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Excellent condition 2011 black granduer  2400HG 

no scratches, perfect interior, in build navigation,hipass,  two cameras, automatic transmission.

if interested in a nice car email for pictures of viewing.

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Learn Korean Ep. 126: ~기는 하다 & ~기도 하다

Fri, 2022-11-04 12:49

Keykat and I decided to eat some pizza, so we stopped by a restaurant on the way. Everything on the menu looked so good! But once we arrived, I realized I forgot my wallet and had to go back. Keykat should be able to take care of ordering, so I'll leave her to finish ordering.

This lesson is about the grammar forms ~기는 하다, as well as ~기도 하다. These forms are both used to change the emphasis in a sentence, and are useful intermediate level grammar forms.

Also make sure to get your free PDF version of this lesson (and every lesson in the "Learn Korean" series) by clicking the download link right below this video~!

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