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Eosanbulyeong means the area stretching in front of Manesan. The following story appears in the Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms
"Samfuk yusa " about this temple's construction and Eosanbulyeong . During the time of KING Suro, a poisonous dragon lived in a lotus pond called Okji within the Garak kingdom. When it began relations with a female "nachal"(similar to the sirens of Greek mythology), this caused thunderstorms and hailstorms that prevented the five staple grains from maturing for 4 years.
Although King Suro attempted to attempted to stop this throuth sorcery,he had no success and finally resorted Buddha, throuth his diving powers, became awere of the King's problem and came to Garak accompanied by six Buddhist priests and thousand people.

He forced the dragon and nachal to capitulate and the end of all calamities. King Suro thanked Buddha for his grace and conseqently built the Mnaesan here.

Eleswhere in Dongguk yeojiseungnam and Taekniji describes how long ago the son of dragon king of the East Sea, realizing his imminent death, crossed the Nakdonggang to find the renowned monk Mucheoksan and asked him about a new place to reside. The monk told him that where the prince stopped to rest along his return would be the place. As soon as the prince took off, great schools of fish followed behind him, and he eventually here at Maneosan ("mountain of ten thousand fish"). It is said that afterwards, the prince was
transformed into a huge stone Maitreya Buddha and the great hoards of fish were transformed into large and small stones. The naturally sharp stone currently inside the Maitreya shrine is said to be the son of the dragon king transformed into a Maitreya stone.

It is believed that by praying to this stone, a person will be blessed with a son and thus even now many people continue to make pilgrimages here. Underneath the Maitreya shrine are layers upon layers of stones called the : ten thousand fish stones" (maneoseok)
supposedly the very stones that were once fish , and are also known as the"bell stones" (jongseok) because when banged together they produce the clear sounds of a steel bell.

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