Cheonjedan Altar on Taebaeksan Mountain (태백산 천제단)

  • Cheonjedan Altar on Taebaeksan Mountain (태백산 천제단)
  • Cheonjedan Altar on Taebaeksan Mountain (태백산 천제단)
  • Cheonjedan Altar on Taebaeksan Mountain (태백산 천제단)

Explanation

Cheonjedan are altars set up by people in the past to offer goods to heaven. Old records such as the "Samguksagi (History of the Three Kingdoms)" state that the Silla kingdom organized rituals in Taebaeksan Mountain, considered to be a holy mountain in the past.

Cheonjedan Altar at Taebaeksan Mountain is situated at the summit, with Cheonwangdan Alter between Janggundan Altar to the north and a smaller altar to the south. The altars were built by stacking stones, a sign of sacred ground. Cheonwangdan altar is made of natural stone. It has an oval shape and measures 27.5 meters in circumference, 3 meters tall, 7.76 meters wide, and 8.26 meters from front to back. The natural stone is a sort of gneiss, with the upper stones being round and the bottom stones rectangular. Such a form is based on the philosophy of Cheonwon Jibang.


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168, Cheonjedan-gil, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do