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Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan

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Nestled up against the rocky coastline, Haedong Yonggungsa offers sweeping sea views and a rare example of oceanfront medieval architecture in the country. Originally constructed in 1376, the temple has in the following centuries undergone several periods of restoration and reconstruction. Make your way along the 108 steps to the main part of the sanctuary, and you'll find the path lined with anthropomorphic animal statues representing the signs of the zodiac. Peel off towards the sea to get a panoramic view out over the water from the rocky viewpoint, where you can feel the breeze blowing and hear the waves crashing against the shore. Explore the main portion of the temple and find its numerous nooks and crannies, filled with icons, statues, and artworks dedicated to teachings of the Buddhist faith. Before you head to Busan, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Busan trip itinerary planning site, to make sure you see all that Busan has to offer, including Haedong Yonggungsa.
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  • Went to this temple on a Saturday. It was a little busy but definitely enjoyed my time there. Absolutely gorgeous place. Many things to look at. Decent food and souvenir options. I could easily spend....  more
    Went to this temple on a Saturday. It was a little busy but definitely enjoyed my time there. Absolutely gorgeous place. Many things to look at. Decent food and souvenir options. I could easily spend....  more »
  • Beautiful Buddhist temple on the coast near Busan. It was originally built in 1376 and destroyed by the Japanese in the late 1590s. It was rebuilt in the 1930s and renamed in 1974. The views are... 
    Beautiful Buddhist temple on the coast near Busan. It was originally built in 1376 and destroyed by the Japanese in the late 1590s. It was rebuilt in the 1930s and renamed in 1974. The views are...  more »
  • One of the few Korean temples by the sea, it is a beautiful sight. It was originally built in the 14th century, only to be destroyed by fire in the late 1500s. It was refurbished the early 1900s and.....  more
    One of the few Korean temples by the sea, it is a beautiful sight. It was originally built in the 14th century, only to be destroyed by fire in the late 1500s. It was refurbished the early 1900s and.....  more »
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  • I've been to over 20 Buddhist temples in Korea and this one is definitely in the most scenic location. The actual temple itself or Buddha statue are not as grandiose as other temple sites, but this one provides numerous excellent architectural and decorative features throughout the property for great photos. I've been wanting to come here ever since I saw pics of the place in a magazine and it was definitely worth the drive.
  • Really pretty place! The whole coast is gorgeous and it leads to the temple on the right hand side. The coast walk is so easy and pleasant. Its so nice to get the sea air while walking. Also, on the weekends is less crowded in the morning.
  • This was a very memorable trip. I went with my friends early spring 2021. There were many people praying at the temple, so we just walked around and took many pictures. Wearing comfy shoes was the best thing ever, because there were lots of steps to climb.
  • Holds the unofficial title as the most beautiful temple in Korea and we definitely agree with it. It is peaceful, tranquil and set just by the sea, it provides a constant sense of calmness. However, do expect a bit of narrow steps (with railings so not to worry). Will let the photos speak for themselves.
  • A great experience. Doesn't cost you a thing and there is a beautiful ocean view. I'd recommend going to see this temple, but I wouldn't recommend buying any food on the market street. There is far better Coffee, Deokkboki, "hot dogs" etc in other places, and it will be cheaper as well.

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