Inwangsan Mountain Walking Tour

Entrance to the Shamanist village and Inwangsan Mountain in Seoul
Entrance to the Shamanist village and Inwangsan Mountain
Seonamjeong Temple on Inwangsan Mountain, Seoul
Seonamjeong Temple on Inwangsan Mountain

Continue up the stairs for another 50 meters to reach the mythical and unique…

Inwangsan Guksadang

Inwangsan Guksadang, Seoul
Inwangsan Guksadang

Inwangsan Guksadang is one of the most important and almost mythical Shamanist shrines in Korea. The structure is quite small and simple and similar to the design and colors of other temple and shrine buildings in Seoul. At at a time it was even used for exorcisms.
The shrine was originally built at Namsan Mountain in 1395 at the request of King Taejo. This shrine was destroyed during the Japanese occupation in 1925. A new shrine seen today was built location without the knowledge of the Japanese.

Shamanism is a religion with beliefs in unseen worlds of gods, demons, and spirits. Shamanists believe in 12 deities which are the spirit of the mountain, the spirit of the dragon king, the spirit of three monks, and spirit of seven stars. They also worship natural things such as the trees, streams, mountains, and rocks.

Shamanism led the way for other religions such as Buddhism and Confucianism. Today, only a handful of people in Seoul practice Shamanism.

Seonbawi (Rock)
Seonbawi (Rock)
Rock carved Buddha, Seoul
Rock carved Buddha
Seodaemun Prison History Museum in Seoul
Seodaemun Prison History Museum
Dongnimmun, also known as Independence Gate in Seoul
Dongnimmun, also known as Independence Gate