Gatbawi

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For other uses, see Gatbawi (Mokpo).
Gatbawi
Daegu Gatbawi Rock.JPG
Gatbawi Rock, 17 November 2007.
Korean name
Hangul 갓바위
Revised Romanization Gatbawi
McCune–Reischauer Katbawi
Gatbawi
Hangul 관봉석조여래좌상
Hanja 冠峰石造如來坐象
Revised Romanization Gwanbong Seokjo yeorae jwasang
McCune–Reischauer Kwanbong Sŏkcho yŏrae chwasang

Gatbawi (or Gwanbong Seokjoyeoraejwasang) is a Buddhist statue in Daehan-ri, Wachon-myeon, Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do, the Republic of Korea. It was made in the Unified Silla Kingdom era and is well known with the name of Gatbawi Buddha (Stone Hat Buddha). It sits 4 metres (13 ft) tall, and the hat is a 15-centimetre (6 in) thick flat stone on his head,

This single granite sculpture was made up by Uihyeon, at the top of the 850-metre (2,790 ft) high rough Palgongsan and is surrounded by a screen-like rock wall as its background. It is said that Uihyeon made it in order to appease his mother's soul in the 7th ruling year of Queen Seondeok of Silla Kingdom.

Legend[edit]

The legend of Daegu Gatbawi says that a big crane flew in to guard him every night while he was making this Gatbawi Buddha. It is reputed to be a miraculous Buddha stone, which makes a response to prayers if the prayer prays for it with his or her whole heart.