Turtle rock, Sancheong, south Korea

Margie Jones
17/10/2023

 On the slopes of Wangsan, one of the peaks in the Jirisan that is one of the three most important mountains in South Korea, you can find a gigantic turtle-shaped rock weighing 127 tons.

One of 2 rocks known as a “power spot” in Sancheong, South Korea. It is said to be the place where the “mind” is “strongest” in Korea…

It rests flat against the mountainside and is said to be one of the strongest sources of “ki” – the non-physical energy that animates all living things, everything that is alive including plants, animals, and humans.

Its official name is the Gwigamseok  – the Stone Engraved with Virtuous Letters). This is the power stone that people touch, embrace – getting as much bodily contact with it as possible – to absorb it.

A great deal of mythology exists in regard to the turtle, a powerful animal, which was considered the ruler over the insects.

Because turtles live longer than other animals, they symbolize longevity and the turtle is still Asia’s symbol for longevity. Creation is associated with the tortoise and it is also believed that the tortoise bears the burden of the whole world.

It is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge and is able to defend itself on its own. It personifies water, the moon, the Earth, time, immortality, and fertility. Moreover, it symbolizes steadfastness and tranquility in religion, mythology, and folklore from around the world.

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