1. Mago-seong (Mago Castle) is located in Cheonghak-dong (Blue Crane Village), traditionally known as the Village of Immortals. Mago-seong in Mt. Jiri refers to the traditional community as well as the stone-wall structures. Visit to Mago-seong will be a highlight for 2014 Mago Pilgrimage. The site includes Samsin-bong (Peak of the Triad Divine), Samseong-gung (Shrine of the Three Sages), Mago Tomb, and other cultural heritages of Magoism.
When we visited Mago Castle during 2013 Mago Pilgrimage, we were told that there are about 300 Gamsil (Chambers of Magoist Immortal Spirits) that have never been exposed to the public. While most Gamsils are renovated in recent times, a small number of old ones are extant, having survived the Korean War 1950s.
There are three types of Gamsil: 1. Stonewalled ones, 2. Individual ones, and 3. Wooden ones. Sizes vary from 1-6 meters in diameter. They are constructed to face the Sun and believed to enshrine the Deity of Light as well as the Spirits of Magoist Immortals. Large ones are designed as an adobe for spiritual cultivations by individuals.
Photos and information are from Seonam Seonin (Hanpul Seonsa, modern day Immortal, community leader of Mago Castle), Dec. 28, 2013.
2. Ssanggye-sa, one of the major temples that are rich in retaining the Magoist symbols including the nine-story pagoda and the female mountain spirit (it is not included in this website, though), the triad, the four, the eight, and the bell, all to be interpreted in a new light during our journey.