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Seokbulsa Temple, Busan

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  • Best thing we saw in Busan. Combine with the Geumjeongsanseong fortress South Gate if you want, also worthwhile. This is quite an uphill hike but worth it. 
    Best thing we saw in Busan. Combine with the Geumjeongsanseong fortress South Gate if you want, also worthwhile. This is quite an uphill hike but worth it.  more »
  • We arrived via subway (Oncheonjang Station) and up the cable car; we followed internet directions to reach the South gate, after that we got lost. The fact that it was raining on and off and the few....  more
    We arrived via subway (Oncheonjang Station) and up the cable car; we followed internet directions to reach the South gate, after that we got lost. The fact that it was raining on and off and the few....  more »
  • We left the Busan Tower area at 7:15 am and were back by 11 am - an easy half-day activity. Not sure why everyone says it‘s so hard to get to. We took subway line 1 to Dondae, then took bus 46. Just.....  more
    We left the Busan Tower area at 7:15 am and were back by 11 am - an easy half-day activity. Not sure why everyone says it‘s so hard to get to. We took subway line 1 to Dondae, then took bus 46. Just.....  more »
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  • For sure one of the most unique temples which I've seen in Asia. Its location makes it special. I recommend that you go there before noon and in the afternoon go up over Geumjeong Mountain to the cable car station.
  • Great hike up, peaceful surroundings, and amazing views 😇
  • This temple is located at high place of the GumJungSan. You can see some Buddha on the rock. Beautiful scenery makes me feel relaxed.
  • Beautiful temple with such a deep feeling of peace. Because it is a bit of a hike to get to, not many other people go there so it is quiet and not touristy. There are also very beautiful hiking trails which I highly recommend. I ended up spending about 5 hours on the mountain hiking and it was definitely worth it. A highlight of my time in Busan.
  • If you don’t want to exhaust yourself completely, take a taxi to the temple itself. It’s 500m away from where they can drop you off, and it’s up an extreme incline. If you want to go to the South Gate, take the cable car. I would suggest lots of water and hiking boots. From the cable car to South Gate it is a mild hike. If you walk around the perimeter of the gate it’s about 13km if I remember correctly, but it’s only approx 2km from the cable to the gate. If you walk from the cable, to the gate, then to the temple, you need good hiking shoes, lots of water, and do not go on a rainy day. This is a moderate hike (read: for an experienced hiker, if you don’t do this normally it’s painful/exhausting/and you’ll likely fall/slip at least once). You will walk out the South Gate on the somewhat paved area. You will think to yourself that this will be a fine experience and easy 2km walk. It’s not. Once you hit the village you will need to follow the trail to the right next to very outdated tennis courts. From there it’s a pretty easy to identity (don’t confuse with easy to navigate) trail. Follow this all the way to the road where you think you have finally made it, but you haven’t. You will go right and walk another 500m (approx, but my legs determined that was a lie) up a continuous cut-back road until you finally make it to the entrance of the temple. When you walk up, it doesn’t really seem all that spectacular, but the carvings in the rock face and the stairs/small prayer areas/etc are actually beautiful and interesting. It is beautiful, it it’s worth it, it is not something you will do in 1-1.5 hours and then go relax at the beach.

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