This rock- carved Buddha is two magnificent Buddha images carved on a large natural stonewall.
It is wearing a traditional Korean bamboo hat made of stone.Because it was carved to match the natural stone, the body proportion is incorrect, making the image look enormous.
It is a more common, country Buddha image.
The "round" Buddha image on the left is wearing a round Korean bamboo hat.
Its neck is a cylinder and both hands are holding lotus flowers at the chest.
The "square" Buddha image on the right is wearing a square Korean bamboo hat.
It has the same body sculpturing as the other Buddha, except that its hands are clasped together.According to a regional word of mouth legend, the Buddha with the round hat is a male Buddha and the other is a female Buddha.
During the Goryeo Era, King Seonjong didn't have any children, so he married a princess called Wonsin, but was still without child.
One day, the worried princess dreamt of meeting two Buddhist priests that had attained spiritual enlightenment.
They said, "We live between some rocks at the south foot of Mt.
We are very hungry.
Give us something to eat." Then they disappeared.
The princess considered this dream strange and told the King.
He immediately sent some people to Mt.
They reported finding two big rocks side by side.
The King ordered for the two Buddhist priests to be carved on these rocks, built a temple there and offered a Buddhist mass.
That year Prince Hansanhu was born.
This is why, even now, devout prayers are offered to this Buddha when a child is wanted.These Buddha images are not excellent Goryeo work, but they are considered a precious example in researching country Buddha image style during Goryeo because of this birth legend.