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Gatbawi Rock, Gyeongsan

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Gatbawi is a Buddhist statue in Daehan-ri, Wachon-myeon, Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do, the Republic of Korea. It was made in the Unified Silla Kingdom era and is well known with the name of Gatbawi Buddha . It sits 4m tall, and the hat is a 15cm thick flat stone on his head,
This single granite sculpture was made up by Uihyeon, at the top of the 850m high rough Palgongsan and is surrounded by a screen-like rock wall as its background. It is said that Uihyeon made it in order to appease his mother's soul in the 7th ruling year of Queen Seondeok of Silla Kingdom.
The legend of Daegu Gatbawi says that a big crane flew in to guard him every night while he was making this Gatbawi Buddha. It is reputed to be a miraculous Buddha stone, which makes a response to prayers if the prayer prays for it with his or her whole heart.
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  • It was pretty manageable to make it to the peak because of the well-structured staircases. I went there on the weekdays so there was no big crowds which was great in this time of crisis. The Buddha... 
    It was pretty manageable to make it to the peak because of the well-structured staircases. I went there on the weekdays so there was no big crowds which was great in this time of crisis. The Buddha...  more »
  • It was sunny but cold wintery day - it was -2 degrees Celsius at the top. We thought it would be a hiking trail but there were a bit too many built-up steps. Along the way were devotees holding... 
    It was sunny but cold wintery day - it was -2 degrees Celsius at the top. We thought it would be a hiking trail but there were a bit too many built-up steps. Along the way were devotees holding...  more »
  • Gatbawi is a good half-day excursion from Daegu but be prepared for some serious climbing! There's a map at the bottom but frankly it wasn't terribly helpful, I just followed other people. There are.....  more
    Gatbawi is a good half-day excursion from Daegu but be prepared for some serious climbing! There's a map at the bottom but frankly it wasn't terribly helpful, I just followed other people. There are.....  more »
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  • Nice short but bit intense hike up the mountain stairs. Great view/bhudda and had a small coffee shop at the top which took a card and was good for a break. . I'd recommend buying something from the parking lot store in order to get a free shuttle to the base of the hike.
  • This place is the best one to spend time for your weekend. I bet you're able to feel some cool and fresh wind so that could also make you to stay long time. I bet you guys might not wanna get back home if you were here.
  • Anyone should pray to the Great Saint Buddah with respect in your mind if you are there in front of the Holy Statue regardless of whichever reliegen you own.
  • Good hike! We hiked up from Gyeongsan then hiked down to the other side which is daegu.
  • Very nice place to go, especially to see the sun rise. Beautiful!! 🌄 I recommend to check the night before the time when the sun will appear and start climbing at least one hour before. Is all illuminated, so no need to bring a torch.

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